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Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People Basic Law and Euro-Asian Jewry

EAJ Policy Papers, No 26 (16 Sept 2019)

On July 19, 2018, the Knesset adopted the Basic Law on the National Character of the State, and since then there has been 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 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 of both Israelis and the Diaspora.

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