Israel loyalty oath

The UPI (among countless others) reported:

“After hours of deliberations, 22 ministers ruled in favor of the bill that will require new citizens to take a loyalty oath and pledge allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state.””

Juan Cole writes that:

“But the backer of the oath, Avigdor Lieberman (a former club bouncer from Moldavia), wants a similar or even stricter oath to be administered to all the Palestinian-Israelis, who form roughly 20 percent of Israel’s population.”

In another post he adds, ominously,

“…a “Jewish State.” Obviously, the phrase has some covert significance for the Israeli Right, and perhaps it is intended to bestow on Israel a right to denaturalize and expel Palestinian-Israelis. The phrase may also be intended to forestall any return to Israel of the Palestinians ethnically cleansed from that territory in 1948.”

So, possibly this new loyalty oath may be intended both to prevent any eventual return of people who have been ethnically cleansed from Palestine and to enable the transfer of Israeli Arabs out of Israel.

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