The farce of the Kahol Lavan celebration by no means ends. Individuals who voted for the “anybody however Bibi” celebration hadn’t but completed digesting the bitter fact that Benjamin Netanyahu had gained one other time period solely because of them after they had been smacked by the belief that the one who headed this “governmental different,” Benny Gantz, has turned out to be Netanyahu’s ideological Siamese twin, even successfully volunteering to function coordinator of presidency actions within the territories through the annexation.
And now it seems that “their man” on the Knesset Overseas Affairs and Protection Committee, chairman Zvi Hauser – whose Derech Eretz celebration was a part of the Kahol Lavan joint ticket, which promised to cease the harmful erosion of democracy – is personally pushing Israel down a slippery slope to turning into a race-based state.
Monday night time, because the committee debated extending the part of the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Legislation that bars Palestinians from reuniting to reside with their households in Israel, Hauser proposed that the ban henceforth be primarily based on the nation-state law. This “momentary” laws, which permits the state to disclaim any authorized standing to Palestinians who married Israelis or have first-degree family members in Israel, was handed in 2003 and has since been prolonged yearly on safety grounds. Its annual extension by the Knesset is itself a deception. The safety justification is nothing however a fig leaf for demographic issues primarily based on a need to protect racial purity.
Now, Hauser needs to desert the camouflage and name it by its title. He’s urging the federal government to rise up to hurry with the constitutional revolution fomented by the enactment of the nation-state regulation and, as an alternative of constructing do with the outdated language of “safety concerns,” undertake the brand new authorized jargon of Jewish ethnocracy. The time has come to start out having fun with the constitutional fruits of the discrimination institutionalized by the regulation. “The Primary Legislation on the Nation-State isn’t a lifeless letter in Israel’s regulation books,” Hauser argued, urging the federal government to understand the regulation’s potential for regulating citizenship and entry into Israel. In different phrases, why did we enact the nation-state regulation if we are able to’t use it to train management and to resolve which Israeli residents are entitled to be reunited with their households and which aren’t?
The nation-state regulation is the constitutional cornerstone of apartheid. And naturally, Hauser’s arguments additionally tie into the intent to annex components of the West Financial institution within the framework of U.S. President Donald Trump’s peace plan: Israel intends to increase its violations of its residents’ equal rights on an ethnic/racial foundation.
It’s turning out a lot before anticipated that when components of Kahol Lavan joined the right-wing authorities, their merger was an expression of a deep ideological partnership. Gantz hasn’t sought to mollify or cease Netanyahu; as an alternative, he has given a statesmanlike facade to the prime minister’s harmful strikes.
The above article is Haaretz’s lead editorial, as revealed within the Hebrew and English newspapers in Israel.