Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Justice Minister Ayelet ShakedAlex Kolomoisky/POOL

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked(Jewish Home) responded Wednesday in the Knesset plenum to the proposal by MK Jamal Zahalka (Joint Arab List) to recognize the Arab minority as a national minority.

"The proposed law wishes to innovate a new constitutional hierarchy in which the Arab citizens of Israel will have a collective national veto right over decisions by state institutions," said Shaked in her opening words.

Shaked added that "In the limitation clause which is characteristic of basic laws, the laws' proponents intentionally seek to make a dramatic change. Whereas regarding the basic law: Human dignity and liberty, the law emphasizes that laws which harm people's basic rights for a necessary goal would still comply with Israel's values as a Jewish and democratic state, the present proposal speaks of democracy and intentionally omits Israel's status as a Jewish state."

Shaked turned to the Arab MK's and said "Ben Gurion would turn over in his grave (if he knew of this law). My friends who proposed this law: You are confused. This will never happen. The national definition of the State of Israel is the one and only state of the Jewish nation.

"National rights for Arab minorities can be attained in our neighboring Arab countries. Whoever wishes to realize his national rights as an Arab is invited to leave to these countries. I can't promise that he will be continue to enjoy the conditions he receives in our villa."

MK Zahalka, the initiator of the law, responded to Shaked's words by saying "I didn't think that the justice minister would tell me to leave the country as if she is the master and we are her slaves. We are citizens and will fight for full citizenship and for our full rights despite the efforts of racists and fascists like Shaked."