Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cabinet Approves "Loyalty Oath" for all Non-Jews. Goes to Cabinet ministerial meeting and then to a vote in the Knesset


Now that the loyalty oath has been approved, we wait for the other shoe to drop.  It is a non-secret that Avigdor Lieberman will now put his weight behind another building freeze in Judea and Samaria in “payment” for Bibi’s support of the loyalty oath.

Wait for it.  It will be the next news story out of the cabinet.

It will be for 60 days, and will not include any buildings that have begun construction already (i.e. Most of the classroom buildings, which were started right away in anticipation of this cowardly reversal of Bibi’s policy statements).

I hope, sincerely, that this loyalty oath will make it through the knesset, and I am guessing that it will.  I think such an oath is part of every other sovereign nation, and it is Israel’s time to start being a sovereign nation and stop apologizing for existing.

It is also, in my opinion, time that Israel annexed all of Judea and Samaria, required all those non-Jews who want to keep their citizenship to take the oath ON CAMERA, and deport those who refuse.

We cannot survive with an enemy inside our borders.

I have no problem with someone disagreeing with the government or making legitimate and powerful demands upon that government in a lawful and peaceful manner, but anyone who works to actively destroy the government through violent means, or who works to murder and terrorize the citizens of a sovereign Israel in order to fulfill the wishes of enemy states, cannot be a citizen of that state and must be either denied citizenship or prosecuted for treason.

I also applaud the Knesset for getting around the sticky issue of the Law of Return by requiring only those who do not qualify under the Law of Return to take the oath.  That was a very savvy move which will insure the cooperation of the religious parties in the Knesset.


Cabinet Approves Loyalty Oath for Non-Jews; Barak Objects
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

The proposed loyalty oath came a step closer to law Sunday after winning Cabinet approval by a 22-8 vote. Labor party Ehud Barak and his party’s ministers, along with  Likud ministers Benny Begin, Dan Meridor,  and Michael Eitan, voted against the proposal.

The proposed law would require all non-Jews to sign an oath pledging loyalty to “the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.” Israel Is Our Home party leader Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman pledged to voters two years ago he would introduce a loyalty oath.

The next step in the legislative process is a discussion at a Cabinet ministerial meeting and then a vote in the Knesset.

The Cabinet rejected two amendments, one by Barak, who wanted the loyalty oath to include a reference to the country’s Declaration of Independence, which places Arabs and Israel on an equal footing. The other amendment, proposed by Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman, would have  applied the bill to Jews as well as non-Jews.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Cabinet, "The State of Israel is the national state of the Jewish people and it is a democratic  state for all its citizenship. Jews and non-Jews enjoy equality and full rights. Unfortunately, there are many today who tried to blur not only the unique connection of the Jewish people to its homeland, but also the connection of the Jewish people to its state….

"There is no other democracy in the Middle East. There is no other Jewish state in the world. The combination of these two lofty values expresses the foundation of our national life and anyone who would like to join us needs to recognize this."


1 comment:

  1. ב"ה

    I love this -- I hope people won't backpedal on this once the (inevitable) yelling and screaming and self-flagellating Europeans start to use it as an excuse to call us racist.

    In general, Israel needs to stop backpedaling on all the security and self-actualizing measures -- they shouldn't concern themselves with what other people and nations say. IMHO.


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