Jonathan Ofir says Israel uses a unique construct of citizenship and nationality to confuse and even downright deceive the international community – indeed even its own citizens. Here he unpacks what each term means, and what the implications are for Palestinians living under Israeli control.
By stating that Arab voters in Israel can “shake the security of the state,” Benjamin Netanyahu undermined decades of Israeli p.r. and exposed the bluff of “Israel is a democratic country.” The politician who embraced Kahanists to hold on to power is now parroting Kahane.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu stated the truth when he wrote that Israel is “not a state of all its citizens” and that it is the “nation-state of the Jewish nation – and its alone”. He was responding to a celebrity, Rotem Sela, who angered by the Likud Party’s race-baiting of Arabs, claimed that Israel is a state of all its citizens.