Israel's National Identity Problem

News has arrived that the Netanyahu Government coalition, less than 20 months old, is fragmenting, due, among other things, to tensions over the potential passage of a new bill before the Knesset.  Titled "Israel, the Nation State of the Jewish People", the proposed legislation is an attempt to finally produce the Israeli equivalent of a Constitution, establishing the guiding principles for government for the State's existence.  The document itself is short - barely a page long -- and expressed in extremely simple language. It affirms some very basic principles which have been widely recognized as fundamental to the State's existence and have been largely taken for granted over the past 67 years; among them: The Land of Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish People and the place of the establishment of the State of Israel. The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish People in which the Jewish People realizes its right to...(Read Full Article)