According to the amendment, those seeking to become naturalized Israeli citizens will take an oath to the effect that their allegiance is to the State of Israel "as a Jewish and democratic state." (Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
 
The Cabinet today (Sunday), 10 October 2010, approved an amendment to Article 5c of the Citizenship Law. According to the amendment, those seeking to become naturalized Israeli citizens will take an oath to the effect that their allegiance is to the State of Israel "as a Jewish and democratic state," and that they "promise to honor the laws of the state."
 
It was agreed that Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s proposal to add to the above wording the expression, "in the spirit of the principles of the Declaration of Independence," would be submitted for discussion by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, chaired by Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman. It was also decided that the Justice Minister’s proposal to apply the aforesaid wording to those receiving citizenship under the Law of Return, would be discussed by the Cabinet at a future date.
 
The Cabinet decision is a summary of activity by the Forum on Migration that was established in order to formulate legislation in the field of migration into the State of Israel and in order to implement Israel’s national interests while upholding its values as a Jewish and democratic state that respects human rights.
 
Twenty-two ministers voted in favor of the draft amendment (Netanyahu, Yaalon, Shalom, Katz, Livnat, Saar, Peled, Steinitz, Kahlon, Erdan, Edelstein, Neeman, Liberman, Misezhnikov, Aharonovitch, Landau, Landver, Atias, Yishai, Margi, Nahari, and Hershkowitz) while eight ministers voted against (Meridor, Begin, Eitan, Barak, Ben-Eliezer, Braverman, Herzog and Simhon).