The principle that the State of Israel is the national state of the Jewish People finds expression in the phrase ‘a Jewish and democratic state’.
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided (6 Oct. 2010) to add the phrase, "a Jewish and democratic state" to the loyalty oath – "I promise to honor the laws of the State" – in the Citizenship Law.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "The State of Israel is the national state of the Jewish People in its nature, government, symbols, holidays and language. This principle guides Government policy, both foreign and domestic, and is a foundation of Israeli law. Israel is a democratic state that gives full civil equality to all its citizens. These principles find expression in the phrase ‘a Jewish and democratic state’ and it is fitting that it should appear in the loyalty oath taken by those seeking to become naturalized Israeli citizens."
On Sunday, 10 October 2010, the amendment to the Citizenship Law will be submitted for Cabinet approval.