Jason Shvili
An Israeli in Canada

New Basic Law wastes time and changes nothing

The Knesset recently passed the new Basic Law: Israel – The Nation-state of the Jewish People and everyone’s making a fuss about it. The usual folks who want to see Israel destroyed and its Jewish population thrown into the sea are predictably calling the new law racist and equating it with apartheid. Some are simply calling it provocative. But the adjective I would use to describe the new Basic Law is redundant. It doesn’t say anything that hasn’t already been said in other pieces of the state’s legislation, nor does it change anything.

Contrary to what Israel’s enemies say, the law does not mandate Jewish-only settlements, nor does it compromise the status of Arabic as an official language. In fact, when I look at the text of the new Basic Law, I can’t help but say to myself, “Tell me something I don’t already know.” The people who drafted this law might as well have written down, the sky is blue and the grass is green. Now if you folks who were elected by the Israeli people to govern could stop wasting your time trying to determine who is the most Zionist among you and focus on the country’s real problems, that would be great.

About the Author
Jason Shvili was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area. He studied at the University of Toronto and now owns and operates a small business. He is proficient in Hebrew and also has working to advanced knowledge of Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.
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