Regev backs bid to enshrine status of Israel’s Druze community in Basic Law

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Likud party minister Miri Regev throws her weight behind amending a controversial law that establishes Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, in comments made while meeting with senior Druze community members.

“The Druze and the Jews are fighting together for our home,” Regev says in a meeting with Druze spiritual leader Muwafaq Tarif and community elders.

“The Nation State Law must be amended to express the community’s deep connection to the State of Israel – the state of the Jewish people,” the transportation minister says.

Nodding to the six fallen Druze soldiers since October 7, Regev says that Israel should show its “gratitude” to a community she calls “brothers.”

Druze men are unique among Israel’s Arab community for participating in mandatory military service.

“Members of the community contribute to the defense of the homeland at a higher rate than their share of the population,” she says. “The steps we take are a little of the gratitude we have.”

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