New Nation State Law’s “principal damage has been to stir up negative public discourse — in Israel and abroad”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Why this former Israeli military intelligence chief stands with the Druze
by Amos Yadlin
August 7, 2018

Israel’s new “nation-state” law, which is widely viewed here as clumsy, unnecessary and unwise, must be amended. That’s why I was proud to join tens of thousands of Israelis on Saturday night in a peaceful, unifying protest led by the Druze community. I came to this city’s Rabin Square to stand with the Druze, with whom I fought to protect the State of Israel. But I also came to celebrate Israeli democracy; the public’s commitment to equality and democratic values; our independent media; and our country’s bedrock guarantees for free speech and the right to protest. READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST Isi Leibler:Hysteria over nation-state law The second error was the failure to informally consult minorities, especially the Druze whom Israeli Jews genuinely love and admire.  Many Druze have been deceived; the new law in no way discriminates against them. Because of the affection for them prevailing throughout the nation, some are cynically exploiting the situation and making demands.

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