Well, they might just as well do so. And this points to why the entire peace negotiation-settlement freeze is such a mess that it should die a sudden death.
Bibi Netanyahu pulled a fast one on his Labor coalition partners, according to Haaretz, and introduced a new Knesset law that would require all citizens to take a Jewish loyalty oath. In effect, this means that no non-Jew could become a citizen of Israel, since none worthy of whatever their religion is would take such an oath.
Though angered, Labor is essentially toothless and can do nothing but withdraw from the government. This would transform them from being inconsequential to irrelevant. So it must stay as the perennially scorned second wife in Bibi’s bigamous relationship (the ultra-right wing parties are his beloved first wife).
From Bibi’s point of view, he must throw red meat to the rightist allies in his coalition in order to extract their agreement to a settlement freeze extension. This is a political payoff (as opposed to the actual payoffs Yvette is accused of accepting from Martin Schlaff) to Lieberman, a major plank of whose platform was such a loyalty oath. Keep in mind, it was the same Lieberman who had the chutzpah to lecture the UN General Assembly about the need to expel Israel’s Palestinian citizens from the country.
So the question becomes: is it worth throwing Israeli democracy under a bus, accepting that Israel enshrines its racist nature in law; or is it preferable to throw the entire thing in the garbage heap where it belongs? The question is: peace at what price? Is this any way to an equitable, just peace? No.
This is precisely the type of amoral thinking which so disturbs me:
“I hope that Netanyahu’s support is a payoff to Lieberman, so that the prime minister will be able to extend the freeze without breaking apart his coalition,” said one Labor minister, who declined to be named.
Not a single thought given to the nature of Israel itself and whether it can be a democratic state if it forces a loyalty oath on every new citizen regardless of religion. No reflection on what this will mean to Israel’s current non-Jewish citizens.
The last resort will be the Israeli Supreme Court which at times takes a dim notion to such legal shenanigans. It expunged two racist laws from the books which prohibited Israeli Palestinian political parties from running in past elections. Perhaps they will view this type of law similarly. If not, open the floodgates of racism…
As for me, I think the U.S.A. English movement had the right idea. Speak English, be Christian. That should be our motto. Forget E Pluribus Unum. Not “out of many, one.” Nuts to that. Out of many, a big fat mess. I say, ‘Out of one, one’–and forget the rest. If Israel can be an uber-Jewish nation despite its 1-million citizens who are not, then this country can be Christian, for Christians and the rest of you suckers be damned.
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