On the morning of Wednesday, July 26, a special Knesset Committee has started discussions on the Basic law about the Jewish character of the state of Israel.
The Commission is headed by Knesset member Amir Ohana (Likud), and it includes representatives of all parliamentary factions. Before the meeting, the head of the Commission reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was supposed to participate in the meeting, is missing, as it is a «crucial meeting on security issues».
Members of the opposition tried to make a scene, interrupting the speech of the head of the Commission and of Ministers AREVA Levin and Ayelet shaked, and some of them were removed from the hall.
This is the first meeting of the Commission which should develop the text of the bill for approval in the first reading.
Previously, the newspaper «Israel a-Yom» published a report that the inter-Ministerial Commission established for the drafting of the bill, came to an agreement on wording that is acceptable to all the factions of the coalition.
In the agreed wording refers to the fact that «Israel is a Jewish state with a democratic regime of government.» «The state of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people in which it realizes their right to national self-determination on the basis of their cultural and historical heritage. The Jewish people has a special right to national self-determination in Israel.»
The bill is attached to the document under which the state undertakes «to protect the Jewish tradition and the Holy places». This application was not included in the text of the bill, however, at the request of ultra-Orthodox factions will be recorded in a special Annex to the law.
The bill would also enhance the status of Jewish law. The status of the Arabic language remains unchanged. The government also pledged to adopt the law on the special status of the Druze community in Israel.