Tzipi Livni: ‘’Prime Minister, You Forgot What It Means to Be a Jew’’

Only five Knesset members from the coalition arrived, activists waved copies of the Declaration of Independence.
Opposition Leader MK Tzipi Livni on November 16, 2015 (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni on Wednesday slammed the National Law during a special Knesset session entitled "National Law and its Impact on Equality and Democracy," It comes at the request of more than 25 Knesset members and with the approval of Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.

"The time has come to change the debate from who is for or against your spin, but who is for or against the Declaration of Independence?" Livni said.

"There is one question that the Israeli Prime Minister can not answer - why is he against the Declaration of Independence? Israel is tearing apart the Declaration of Independence, and with it the people within. Today, we declare that we will preserve The Declaration of Independence, which will become the connecting link between Jewish and democratic principles, and not the dividing line between them. "


Livni went on saying that , "we have no intention of losing our heads, stuttering, apologizing or flirting, "You've become a populist politician, who heads a populist party that hates xenophobia and minorities for political purposes." "

Activists, most of them from the Labor Party, waved copies of the Declaration of Independence during Livni’s speech

"I have a deep and difficult disagreement with those who do not accept the existence of Israel, as the state of the Jewish people, as I have a deep and difficult disagreement with the government," Livni told minorities in Israel.

MK Ilan Gillon (Meretz) also addressed the controversial law: "Why was this needed? Why do people need to separate, mark, if not to control? The Declaration of Independence comes to build a society - this law comes to dismantle a society. "He said that" the State of Israel is the state of the Jewish nation, but also of all the other citizens who live here, fully and equally. "

Tens of thousands of people participated last Saturday in a rally against the law in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, led by the Druze community. The protestors carried signs condemning the law, calling, among other things, "Bibi will resign - we will not give up equality,". Among the participants in the rally was the spiritual leader of the Druze community, Sheikh Mawafak Tarif, Brig. Gen. Amal As'ad, former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin and Ami Ayalon, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, as well as many representatives of the Druze community.

Last week a meeting was held between a team of representatives of the Druze community, composed of the spiritual leadership, the heads of the Druze authorities, Knesset members,, and the staff of the Prime Minister's Office.

 A few things discussed were the status of the Druze and Circassian communities in the law and recognizing the contribution of members of the community to the security of the state. In addition, the law will include support for community institutions and the strengthening of Druze communities - including solutions to the shortage of homes.

At the same time, it was decided that a ministerial committee for the Druze community would be established, headed by Netanyahu himself, who would work to advance the plan and supervise its implementation.

The legislation will begin with the convening of the winter session.

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