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Rip Up Israel’s New ID Card

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pressing his coalition partners to honor his wishes and pass the nation-state bill through its final votes next week, before the Knesset begins its summer recess. “This law is very important to me,” he told the leaders of the coalition parties.

The purpose of the bill, according to its authors and supporters, is to serve as Israel’s identity card. But Israel already has an identity card — the Declaration of Independence. Is it past its expiration date?

Judging by the debate both inside and outside the Knesset on the proposed Basic Law on Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, it’s clear the bill is anything but an attempt to rejuvenate Israel’s identity card. On the contrary, it’s an attempt to replace........

© Haaretz