Israel just passed a pro-Israel law and the Left and Islamists are having a conniption fit of biblical proportions.
The law does three things but most of all, it reinforces the obvious.
It states that “the right to exercise national self-determination” in Israel is “unique to the Jewish people.”.
It establishes Hebrew as Israel’s official language, while giving Arabic a “special status.”
And lastly, the new law establishes “Jewish settlement as a national value” and mandates that the state “will labour to encourage and promote its establishment and development.”
This should hardly be controversial. Israel is Jewish — historically and culturally. Besides, any grown-up country has the right to determine its own values and identity for itself.
However, there’s a huge problem with this new, innocuous and harmless law, at least on the political Left, because they deny Israel’s independent right to decide what values it holds as a state.
Progressives have labeled the new Israeli nation-state law “jingoistic” and “divisive”. The EU has condemned the law as a hindrance to the failed two-state solution. Al Jazeera has called the law “genocide”, which is quite an accomplishment for a law that hasn’t killed anyone.
But, since the narrative around this law is saturated with left-wing accusations of apartheid, it’s my job to tell the other side of the story.
Joining me tonight from Tel Aviv, to cut through the hyperbole and lies is British-Israeli blogger, Brian of London.