Netanyahu’s cabinet approves controversial bill enshrining Israel as ‘Jewish nation-state’

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Netanyahu had asked the cabinet to support the harsher versions of the bill and to pass them in their preliminary Knesset reading this Wednesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday approved a controversial bill toenshrine into Israeli law the status of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

The bill that passed was a combination of two, one proposed by MKs Ayelet Shaked and Yariv Levin, and the other by MK Zeev Elkin. The bill, which include tough wording opposed by both Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Yesh Atid ministers, will be incorporated into another version Netanyahu plans to present later this week.

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