Israeli Knesset

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and one of his chief rivals, Yair Lapid (Photo: EPA/Abir Sultan) Dec. 2018.

Today, the Knesset voted down the Basic Law: Equality bill by a margin of 71-38. The text of the bill was clear and concise: “The State of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens, without any difference between religions, race and sex.” With the vote the Knesset told 20% of the country’s citizens that it would demand their loyalty, but would not grant them equality.