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Israel’s ‘nation state of Jews’ law is a ‘mistake’ that will hurt relations with US Jews — Dershowitz

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Alan Dershowitz was on i24 News last night and said his new memoir is about “how much more difficult it is today” to defend Israel today than it used to be. That chore now includes defending Israel’s new law making the country the “nation state of the Jewish people,” in which only one people have the right of self-determination, Jews.

I think it was not a necessary law to pass. Look everybody knows Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people. If you want to pass a basic law, you just pass a law incorporating the brilliant declaration of independence of Israel, which talks about equal rights for all.

I don’t think there was a need to have a basic law declaring what everybody knows. It only gives ammunition to the opposition.

People who think this will help in Israeli Diaspora relations are wrong.

To do that, Get the rabbis out of marriage and the law, and who is a Jew, that’s the way to improve Israel-Diaspora relations. But this law is “unnecessarily provocative” and “a mistake.”

Look I don’t think anybody doubts that Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people. Of course the criticism of it is hypocritical, coming from the Palestinians. They declare Palestine to be an Islamic state governed by sharia law, where no Jew can buy property or be a citizen. That’s really racist. I mean, almost all the Arab countries are Muslim states. But I didn’t see any reason for enacting this law on Israel’s 70th anniversary. I think it was a mistake.

Dershowitz speaks for the centrist/liberal Israel lobby. The Israel lobby group the ADL also said that the law was unnecessary and would complicate Israeli-Diaspora relations:

“we are troubled by the fact that the law, which celebrates the fundamental Jewish nature of the state, raises significant questions about the government’s long-term commitment to its pluralistic identity and democratic nature.”

The liberal Zionist group J Street also said last week that the law was unnecessary and that Israel was “moving in an increasingly theocratic, authoritarian and xenophobic direction.”

There was no need for this legislation: Israel was already a Jewish homeland…. And this government – along with every other government in Israel’s history – already gave preference to the development of the Jewish population. Its main purpose appears to be shoring up Prime Minister Netanyahu’s status with right-wing voters ahead of possible elections later this year or next.

The concern about relations between Israel and American Jews touches on a provision in the law under which Israel can interfere in Jewish life in the United States.

The state shall act to preserve the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people among Jews in the Diaspora.

Times of Israel reports that the Finance Minister of Israel also regards the law as a “mistake” though he voted in favor of it.

“The legislation was done hastily,” [Finance Minister Moshe] Kahlon said of the bill, passed last week, which his Kulanu party, as a member of the coalition, voted in favor of. “We made a mistake and we need to fix it.”…

Kahlon indicated that commitments to coalition agreements played a significant role in gaining support for the bill, rather than ideology.

Kahlon said he and others, including Druze members of Knesset opposed to the law, were meeting with PM Benjamin Netanyahu to try to change the law, but reports are that Netanyahu is opposed to any changes.

 

 

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… I think it was not a necessary law to pass. Look everybody knows Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people. If you want to pass a basic law, you just pass a law incorporating the brilliant declaration of independence of Israel, which talks about equal rights for all. … Joe shouldn’t have bragged that he’s a wife-beater. Look, everybody knows that Joe is a wife-beater. If he wanted to brag about something,… Read more »

I think it was not a necessary law to pass. Look everybody knows Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people. If you want to pass a basic law, you just pass a law incorporating the brilliant declaration of independence of Israel, which talks about equal rights for all. I don’t think there was a need to have a basic law declaring what everybody knows. It only gives ammunition to the opposition. People who… Read more »

There is no official Nation State of the Jewish People just as there is no Nation State of the Catholic People. There may be a Nation State of the Israeli People but that has yet to be determined.I should think that when the Zionists have been removed from power and the rightful Majority takes over , they will dump the name of Israel into the nearest garbage can and replace it with a name more… Read more »

The concern about relations between Israel and American Jews touches on a provision in the law under which Israel can interfere in Jewish life in the United States. The state shall act to preserve the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people among Jews in the Diaspora. To paraphrase the Dresh, There was no need for this legislation: Azrael was already interfering in almost all sovereign countries and directly managing the politics of… Read more »

Classic scumbag Dershowitz. New book promotion opportunity – presumably completely unplagiarised and no doubt if asked he will bet anyone (except Norman Finklestein of course ) $10000 dollars if they can find any mistakes in it. Oh and he has been involved in “defending” Israel since the age of 10 when he was an even smaller short trousered pre-teenage scumbag. Oh and as a major player in US/Zioland/World politics he has of course been involved… Read more »