Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Israel’s PM backs loyalty oath Bill

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed a Bill that would force new non-Jewish citizens of Israel to pledge allegiance to a “Jewish and democratic state”.

Critics of the Bill, which will primarily affect Palestinians marrying Israelis, say it will inflame opinion against Israel at a time when it is already facing isolation.

But Mr Netanyahu said it was “fitting” that those seeking citizenship should pledge loyalty to the Jewish state.

“Israel is the Jewish people's homeland,” the prime minister said.

“That should be reflected by its Citizenship Act.”

Mr Netanyahu's right-leaning Cabinet is expected to back the Bill when it comes up for vote on Sunday.

It will then go up before Israel's parliament.

It will not apply to Jews seeking citizenship under the Law of Return.

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