"Israel's mainly right-wing government voted overwhelmingly on Sunday in favour of controversial legislation requiring non-Jewish citizens to swear allegiance to the country as a Jewish state."
The United States did the same thing to immigrants coming into our country from another state. My grandparents were from "Russia." They had to sign a paper saying that they were not citizens of their former country nor paid it allegiance. They swore to uphold the laws of the USA. There's nothing outlandish in this.
Israel has over 1 million Arab citizens. They have the same privileges as Jewish citizens. This is something the European Union's members Catherine Ashton and Maja Kocijaneik doen't seem to know about, yet they are advocating for equality for all of Israel's citizens. They do have some history to learn about Israel, I see, before they start speaking.
A contraversy has come about because Israel expects to have Palestinians accept their existence by recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. It happens to be the only one in the world. The Palestinians and surrounding Arab countries are having a hard time accepting this fact. There is no sense in talking peace, I see, after 62 years of fighting our neighbors without this. We have to "shake hands" first before talking about points concerning us all.
It's about time that new immigrants to the country swore allegiance to it, just like the USA has done. I would think that it's only contraversial with the EU. Notice the "right wing" government mentioned, as if "right wing" was a bad thing. It only means that they have protection in mind. When I moved to Israel in 1980 I was a Democrat-not a Republican. That is considered left wing around here. When we got to Israel, we quickly found ourselves all for the right wing element. Gee, we did want to stay alive. Europe has found itself with many many Muslim immigrants now. I wonder if they have signed such a paper, or if Europe has ever had such a paper.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
New Immigrants: Swear Allegiance to Israel