By Ted belman
The bill is aimed at giving equal weight to the principles of Israel as a democracy and as a Jewish state.
When the Knesset says these values are equal. where does that leave the law. Does that mean that future legislation must satisfy both or that the courts can choose what value to uphold?
I wanted the provisions making Israel a Jewish state to be inviolable or at least to have a higher value. I don’t know how this equal thing will work in practice.
The Elkin version reportedly defined Israel’s democracy as subservient to its Jewish character and demoted Arabic from its status as an official language.