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Let the Knesset Decide

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The Knesset presidium’s decision to disqualify the proposed Basic Law on Israel as the State of All its Citizens a priori, even before it had been submitted to the representatives for debate, is an essentially anti-democratic act. The Knesset is the premier representative of the people, who are the sovereign power in a democracy, and it is the body that debates bills and approves or rejects them. There was no reason to prevent it from debating the bill submitted by Joint List MKs Jamal Zahalka, Haneen Zoabi and Joumah Azbarga.

On the contrary, in the long-standing debate over whether there’s a contradiction between Israel's democratic component and its Jewish component, those who insist that there is no contradiction between the two argue that this is so because a majority of Israelis want it to be the state of the Jewish people. For this very........

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