Otzma Yehudit says Likud agreed to laundry list of far-right demands

The Otzma Yehudit party releases a long list of what it says are legislative moves that it and Likud have agreed to pursue.

The partial roster, which is not confirmed by Likud, includes a commitment to cancel all of clause 7a of the Basic Law: The Knesset, which bars someone from running for national office if they negate Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, incite racism or support an enemy state or terror group.

The statement from the party says the laws have been used to disqualify politicians on the right, without noting that it would also open the door to the Knesset welcoming in politicians who back Palestinian or Iranian terrorism.

At the same time, the party will seek to have discrimination against ultra-Orthodox Jews be considered racism.

Other items include imposing minimum three-year sentences for “agricultural crimes,” granting soldiers immunity from prosecution, changing the Law of Return to restrict immigration, restarting efforts to deport asylum-seekers, a possible amnesty for those who owe back taxes, the creation of a third chief rabbi for the national religious community, sending the Shin Bet to deal with crime in the Arab community and NIS 150 million for planting olive trees in the West Bank “to stop Palestinian control of the land.”

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