'Nationality Law represents change in government's perception'

Diaspora Ministry Director welcomes that first time since establishment of State, law enshrines responsibility of State to Diaspora Jewry.

Mordechai Sones ,

Israeli flags waving
Israeli flags waving

Article 6 of the Nationality Law passed last night in the Knesset plenum defines the responsibility of the State of Israel towards Diaspora Jewry.

The law also states that the State of Israel will act to ensure the safety of Jewish people subject to anti-Semitism.

The law will help the Government of Israel expand activities and resources involved in strengthening the identity and connection to the State of Israel among millions of Diaspora Jews - for the sake of a common future.

Diaspora Affairs Ministry Director Dvir Kahane praised the legislation and said, "This legislation anchors Jewish identity to the nature of the State by law and for the first time anchors the State of Israel's commitment to connect with the Jewish communities in the Diaspora.

"The Government of Israel, through the Diaspora Ministry, has been working with organizations and communities throughout the world over the years, but this law symbolizes the change in the government's perception of the connection with Diaspora Jewry," Kahane added.

The Nationality Law aims to codify Israel’s status as the nation-state of the Jewish people into Israel’s Basic Laws and establishes Hebrew as its sole official language while giving Arabic special standing.

The law declares that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and sets the Hebrew calendar as the official calendar of the state.

Dvir Kahane
Arutz Sheva