Israel Approves Controversial Bill Defining Country as Jewish Nation State | 7/20/2018 | Staff
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Israel's parliament has just passed the controversial "nation state" law that determines the country's identity as a Jewish state on Wednesday, July 18. It was a passage that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "defining moment" for the nation, even as opposition lawmakers criticized the bill.

It was a critical moment after years of delays, as the Knesset parliament passed "The Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People" with a vote of 62 to 55, with two absentees after an arduous eight hours of debate, according to the Times of Israel.

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Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Department of StateIsrael's controversial Jewish Nation State Bill was finally passed early Thursday morning, July 19 after a heated eight-hour debate.

The bill was approved in its second and third readings in a session that ran overnight, just before the Parliament heads into its annual summer recess.

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The controversial nation-state bill has been likened to a constitution for the country, and it declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It also sets...
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