Compromise reached for Nationality Law: Hebrew language clause to be removed

After receiving much criticism, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin decided to remove the clause within the Nationality Law which determines that the Hebrew language holds a special status over Arabic. In its place, a clause will be inserted claiming that Israel has a constitutional status.
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After numerous discussions and criticism regarding MK Avi Dichter’s (Likud) bill, a compromise was reached this evening (Monday) to remove a controversial clause within the Nationality Law and replace it with another clause that could also be provocative.

The clause within the former bill, which was promoted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, read that Hebrew is the official language of Israel and that Arabic holds a special status, but less than Hebrew.

As a result of the enormous outrage, the clause was removed from the Nationality Law however, a new clause was added to the bill, which claims that the State of Israel has a constitutional status, Israel is the place in which the state was founded and the Jewish people’s historic aspirations were realized.

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