The government on Sunday put off a decision on whether those applying for
citizenship need to declare allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic
The cabinet deferred a decision for a month in hopes that a
compromise could be worked out. This was the third time in a week it discussed
but failed to decide on the matter.
Six approaches to the issue were
considered on Sunday.
They ranged from Intelligence Services Minister Dan
Meridor’s opinion that there was no need to add to the current declaration of
allegiance, to a call for the pledge to be to the State of Israel as a Jewish,
democratic state, and a proposal by Minister Bennie Begin that the new
declaration be a pledge of allegiance to the State of Israel as “the national
homeland of the Jewish people.”