The Knesset plenum on Monday approved in a final vote a proposal by MK Oren Hazan (Likud) to anchor in the Flag, Emblem and National Anthem Law the country`s name as the ”State of Israel” and determine that the Minister of the Interior will be authorized to issue guidelines for the use of the state`s name by the state`s institutions and civil servants.
The explanatory notes to the bill say ”Given that Israeli law does not formally define the name of the State of Israel, the proposer requests to anchor the country`s name in law and defend its honor through an amendment, similar to the protection given to the state`s flag and emblem.”
Speaking from the podium after the vote, MK Hazan said ”For the first time in 67 years, the Knesset has established, in legislation and unequivocally, what the State of Israel is and why it is the State of Israel. I wish to remind you that the People`s Council declared the establishment of the State of Israel by virtue of our natural and historic right, and that is the essence of this law. For the first time, we are not ashamed to say that the Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. We have passed—possibly in miniature version—a kind of national law.”