Israel Weighs Formally Declaring Itself The Jewish Homeland
Prime Minister Netanyahu is publicly backing a proposal that would define Israel as a Jewish nation-state. Critics call the measure discriminatory.By Elizabeth Hagedorn | November 16, 2014
More than 60 years after Israel gained its independence, Israeli nationalists are moving forward with legislation to officially declare the country a Jewish state.
Despite the Star of David on its flag, Israel — the only state in the world with a Jewish majority — has never formally defined itself as the Jewish homeland. (Video via BBC)
A new proposal seeks to change that — for the first time declaring Israel a Jewish nation-state by law. While largely symbolic, the bill would have some practical implications.