In the News (from The Guardian): “Binyamin Netanyahu will push ahead with a rare change to Israel‘s basic laws – which amount to the country’s constitution – to insist Israel is ‘the nation state of one people only – the Jewish people – and of no other people.’
“At Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said the civil rights of minorities, including Arabs, would be guaranteed, and the move was vital at a time when aspects of Israel’s legitimacy were ‘under a constant and increasing assault from abroad and at home.’
“Netanyahu laid out his rationale for the change at the cabinet meeting, ‘The state of Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. Our basic laws give full expression to the democratic side of the state,’ he said. ‘On the other hand, that the state of Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people is not sufficiently expressed in our basic laws, and this is what the draft basic law is meant to provide.’
“’The state of Israel provides full equal rights, individual rights, to all its citizens, but it is the nation state of one people only – the Jewish people – and of no other people. And therefore, in order to bolster the status of the state of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, I intend to submit a basic law that will anchor this status.’”
My Comment: Israel is established as a nation by the constitution, i.e., not in a natural way, but by a special law of nature, by the law of correction and by the aspiration for the likeness to the Creator, the quality of bestowal and love, achieving “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
The condition of the constitution, i.e., the Torah is the basic rule of the Jewish people, based on which it was founded and created. It is the law given on Mount Sinai: “To be as one man with one heart,” to be in mutual guarantee, “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you,” and “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
We have existed since the moment of unity among the people under the leadership of Abraham, leaving Babylon due to following these rules and we will be able to exist as a people and state in the future only by observing these rules. Without fulfilling these rules, we are neither a people nor a state.
We are required to set an example in relation to all the nations of the world. This is the meaning and condition of our existence “To be the nation of priests and a holy nation,” to become a “light to the nations of the world.” We must begin to fulfill this condition now, in our time!