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Roundtable on the Basic Law: Israel – The Nation State of the Jewish People

The Israel Democracy Institute
4 Pinsker Street, Jerusalem

A bill entitled "Basic Law: Israel - The Nation State of the Jewish People" is currently being considered by the Knesset. Submitted by MK Avi Dichter, this bill raises difficult questions concerning the definition of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and is likely to undermine the delicate balance between the Jewish and the democratic character of the state. On Sunday, November 20, 2011, IDI convened the George Shultz Roundtable Forum to explore the meanings and implications of this proposed law, which follows a wave of legislation and private bills that are potentially discriminatory and liable to harm the democratic character of the State of Israel.

On this occasion, MK Avi Dichter introduced the revised version of his bill to the Forum. This was followed by a lively debate among Knesset Members, leading academicians, and other policy-shapers. 

This event was broadcast live on the IDI website. Click on the video in the margin of this page to view it (Hebrew).

Dr. Aviad Bakshi, Esquire
Dr. Arye Carmon
Prof. Hanoch Dagan
MK Avi Dichter
Minister Michael Eitan
MK Zeev Elkin
Attorney Amir Fuchs
Attorney Debbie Gild-Hayo
Attorney Yuri Guy-Ron
Mr. Yisrael Harel
Mr. Ramez Jeraisi
Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer
Prof. David Kretzmer
Rabbi Itshak Levy
Attorney Orna Lin
Prof. Barak Medina
Dr. Haim Misgav, Esquire
MK Shlomo Molla
Prof. Amnon Rubenstein
Attorney Talia Sason
Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern
Amnon Be'eri-Sulitzeanu
MK Hanna Swaid
Attorney Dov Weisglass
Dr. Alexander Yakobson
Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats