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Sa’ar says no to amending Nation-State Law but backs enshrining equality in Basic Laws

Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar leads a New Hope faction meeting at the Knesset on May 16, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar leads a New Hope faction meeting at the Knesset on May 16, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar rules out amending a law defining Israel as a Jewish state amid growing calls by fellow coalition members to do so.

“Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. Therefore, the Nation-State Law, which anchors Israel’s identity as a Jewish country, will not be revoked or changed,” he says at a faction meeting of his New Hope party.

Sa’ar says the legislation law does not harm individual rights, but he voices support for enshrining the principle of equality in one of Israel’s quasi-constitutional Basic Laws — just not the Nation-State Law.

“The emphasis is on equality in individual rights,” he says.

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