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At its weekly meeting on Sunday, the government is expected to discuss a draft resolution by the Otzma Yehudit party entitled "Zionism as a Guiding Value in Government Actions." The proposal states that the values enshrined in the Nation-State Law will be anchored in government policy and grants Zionist values a status that supersedes other basic values such as democracy and the right to equality.
The proposal, which was included in Otzma Yehudit's coalition agreements, was initiated by Minister of the Negev and Galilee Yitzhak Wasserlauf. Its goal is to translate into policy on the ground the Nation-State Law, which was enacted in 2018 and anchors the Jewish character and identity of the state. The proposal aroused controversy and criticism both domestically and internationally because it does not anchor its democratic character or the equal rights of minorities in Israel.
Minister of the Negev and Galilee Yitzhak Wasserlauf, the initiator of the proposal. (Photo: official website, Photo: Assi Efrati GPO)
As reported yesterday in Walla, the proposal also arouses the opposition of the Attorney General because it grants Zionist values a status that supersedes other basic values such as democracy and the right to equality, and contradicts the Supreme Court ruling that ratified the Nation-State Law only at the declarative level. Otzma Yehudit, on the other hand, claims that this is a "historic decision" that will make it possible to give priority to IDF fighters in terms of benefits and prioritize Jewish settlement in the Negev and Galilee.
The resolution states that the government must "instruct government ministries and all its branches that the values of Zionism, as expressed in the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, will constitute guiding and decisive values in shaping the policy of public administration, domestic and foreign policy, legislation and actions of the government and all its units and institutions. This is done both at the stage of shaping public policy and at the stage of assimilation and implementation of public policy, first and foremost in the areas of settlement and in granting benefits to those who served in the army and security forces or in civilian national service, with preference for those serving in combat service. without derogating from the principles enshrined in the Basic Laws."
According to Wasserlauf, it will make it possible to give priority to IDF fighters and veterans, "to establish the connection of the Jewish people to its land and to strengthen the Negev, Galilee and Judea and Samaria."
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The bill's explanatory notes state: "As of today, the policy set by decision makers in the government and its branches takes into account various professional considerations. Sometimes, these considerations ignore the basic values of Zionism. Values that express the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in the Land of Israel, including settlement, security, culture and immigration, as recognized in the Balfour Declaration and the Declaration of Independence and anchored in Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People."
The explanatory notes further state that "the purpose of the government's decision is to instruct all elements in the government and its branches to give, within the framework of the considerations included when setting and implementing policy, significant weight to Zionist values, first and foremost in the areas of settlement, with an emphasis on granting benefits to those who served in the army and security forces or in civilian national service, while preferring those who served in combat service."
Otzma Yehudit Chairman National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said, "Today we must say explicitly things that were once taken for granted: Zionism is the core of the values of the Jewish state. In honor of the 75th year of the State of Israel, we are returning the values of Zionism to their rightful place as values that will guide all government actions. We were elected by the public precisely for this purpose - to raise the Israeli flag at the top of the flagpole again, without confusion and without fear."
- Cabinet meeting
- Itamar Ben-Gvir
- The Nation-State Law