BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke in Jerusalem on Sunday after a new state-law defining Israel as a Jewish state caused mass anti-government rallies and provoked the ire of the Druze community.
Netanyahu defended his new state-law, saying: “Without the nation-state law the future of Israel as the Jewish nation state cannot be ensured for generations to come.”
“The deep bond between the Druze community and our commitment to it are also essential. Therefore, today we will establish a special ministerial committee that will advance this bond,” he added, regarding the ire of the Israeli Druze community.
The Druze community is an Arab-speaking integrated minority that serves in the Israeli army.
The new law caused outrage as it declares Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and downgrades Arabic from an ‘official’ language to a ‘special’ one.
The announcement comes a day after mass rallies in Tel Aviv against the new state-law.
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