Cabinet postpones decision on ‘pledge of allegiance’

July 26, 2010 01:29

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 state.”

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.”

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