Coalition advancing ‘Jewish state’ bill without equality clause

The coalition agrees the so-called Jewish state bill will be go to the plenum for its first reading later this Knesset session in its current form.

The legislation spearheaded by Likud MK Avi Dichter was being revised in a special committee after Kulanu MK Roy Folkman demanded a clause be added to ensure equal rights for all Israelis.

The coalition said any changes in the law’s wording will take place after its first plenum reading.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear he is eager to see the law — which would for the first time enshrine Israel’s Jewish character in its constitutional Basic Laws — advanced as quickly as possible.

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