Monday, October 4, 2010

Israel to be changed to “Israel the Jewish State”?

In response to Palestinian intransigence against recognizing the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, a new initiative is being advanced in the Knesset: Changing the official name of the state from “The State of Israel” to “Israel—the Jewish State”.

At the head of the initiative is the chairman of the Jewish Home faction MK Zevulun Orlev, who intends to advance the bill in the Knesset’s winter session that begins next week and to enlist support from within the coalition and the opposition for a process that is designed to “help the government attain international recognition of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people,” in his words.

The bill will establish the official Hebrew name for the state as “The State of Israel—The State of the Jewish People,” and in English, “Israel—The Jewish State.” Israel will also issue an official request to the UN to register under its new name. If it passes, the bill will entail a litany of changes to existing laws, such as the Symbol and Flag law, the Knesset Law, and others.

For example, the pledge of allegiance to the Knesset will take on some changes and instead of the phrase: “I pledge allegiance to the State of Israel,” every Knesset member will have to declare: “I pledge allegiance to the State of Israel—The State of the Jewish People.”

Every ambassador that submits a letter to the President will be required to submit it to the President of the Jewish State. Every agreement signed between Israel and another State or with the Palestinian Authority will be, explicitly or implicitly an agreement with “The Jewish State.”


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