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Euro-Asian Jewish (EAJ) Policy Papers, No 26 (16 Sept 2019)
'Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People' Basic Law and Euro-Asian Jewry

On July 19, 2018, the Knesset adopted the Basic Law on the National Character of the State, and since then there has been an ongoing discussion in the country on its symbolic meaning and practical consequences, as well as on the legitimacy of the formulas used in this law. The most significant issue in this discussion is the long-debated one of whether the Supreme Court has the power to discuss the legitimacy of the adoption of a Basic Law and to invalidate such a law. The main interpretation of the specific provisions of the law should become the subject of wide public dialogue between both Israelis and the Diaspora.

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Director General of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress


Academic Chairman of the IEAJS, lecturer in political science and sociology of modern Jewish communities, Ariel and Bar-Ilan Universities