Israeli Cabinet approves loyalty oath for new citizens
October 10th, 2010
03:23 PM ET

Israeli Cabinet approves loyalty oath for new citizens

The Israeli Cabinet has approved an amendment to a citizenship law that requires new citizens to declare their loyalty to a "Jewish and democratic state," the prime minister's office said Sunday.

A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office confirmed vote, saying 22 ministers voted for the change and eight voted against it.

Now that the proposal has passed the Cabinet, it will be taken up by Israel's parliament, the Knesset, for passage into law.

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  1. JohnQuest

    Raison, what amazes me is, people killing themselves over sand, rock and a 2000 year old book written by people that thought the world was flat.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  2. Reality

    What should be done:

    Israel's formation was approved by the UN in 1948. It should honor the original UN agreement and live within the described borders. Considering the hate generated by passages in the koran, erecting dividing walls between Muslims and Jews was a great idea and the wall building should continue. UN forces should control these walls.

    And Jerusalem should be made into an international city under the control and protection of the UN.

    October 11, 2010 at 10:25 am |
    • Raison

      I agree about the Jerusalem part and the walls. But they should keep Golan Heights for the military importance and pinch off some land for the Palestinians to have their own country instead of going back to square 1.

      I am constantly amazed at the damage that has been done by psychological trauma amongst all peoples. In Israel, this causes the most shocking amount of thick-headedness, even though it is perhaps understandable.
      PTSD is no joke. But neither should it be allowed to restrict the reasoning ability of those who are trying to negotiate agreements.
      I'm rooting for Mitchell because I like the way he talks. I keep hoping for a real bunch of progress, but -eh- what can you do with those people? They need help.

      October 11, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  3. Iqbal khan


    October 10, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  4. Iqbal khan


    October 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  5. Used to be one

    Ah, the "Jews". Racism bound up with religious delusions of grandeur.

    How can racists have a free democracy? Their religion is nothing more than toilet paper turned into "holy" traditions and used to justify every crime they commit, the same as every other religion.

    Once again racial paranoia, national defense, political paranoia, religious paranoia, and a definite lack of perspective come together to force "loyalty" oaths from the citizens of a country.
    Next thing you know, they'll be passing their own "Patriot Act" or have they already done that?

    They need to quit calling themselves Jews.
    Judaism is just another con-game used to force racism into the brain. They cannot prove G-d exists any more than anyone else in the world.
    What a bunch of deluded nutjobs. Whole stacks of books devoted to different interpretations of made-up words and still they cannot face the truth.
    How do you save a people from their delusions?

    October 10, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
    • Godzilla

      @Used to be one

      "How do you save a people from their delusions?" -a good question that I do not know the answer to.
      I am testing the hypothesis that stomping around and blasting every delusional statement I see might help someone. It is somewhat like stomping on the racists in Nippon, but my feet don't get as tired or covered in nasty bits.

      October 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
    • Busted

      You're BUSTED! Only religious people hyphinate God as G-d... There are smarter people than you out there. Looks like you're one of them. HAHA

      October 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  6. Frank

    Sieg Heil! Full speed ahead for the ethnic cleansing!

    That Netanyahu is one scary lookin' fella. I'm quite sure he's a psychopath. Has to be.

    October 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
    • Torm

      He is an inveterate politician in a country where people argue for a living.

      They are working on that ethnic-cleansing thing, but are obviously having too much fun with all the legalisms.
      Why they don't live elsewhere is beyond me. They should burn Jerusalem with their "secret" nukes on their way to a better life in a nicer part of the world. Jerusalem is nothing but a filthy bone being fought over endlessly by clueless and brainwashed religious people. It should become a crater after evacuating everyone to someplace more reasonable.
      A really huge crater that takes in most of the middle east would work very well.....

      Religious people can't handle hot climates, I guess. It drives em even more batty. Just look at our "Bible belt" which is also the "Murder Belt"....coincidence? I don't think so....

      October 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
    • Frank

      Why stop with the Middle East? Why not just nuke the entire planet and be done with it? Since, you know, people are always going to fight over something. Even non-religious people fight over petty things, if you didn't know.

      October 10, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  7. Reality

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment.

    "When I grew up in Brooklyn, congregants were not sophisticated about anything," said Rabbi Harold Kushner, the author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" and a co-editor of the new book. "Today, they are very sophisticated and well read about psychology, literature and history, but they are locked in a childish version of the Bible."

    "Etz Hayim," compiled by David Lieber of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, seeks to change that. It offers the standard Hebrew text, a parallel English translation (edited by Chaim Potok, best known as the author of "The Chosen"), a page-by-page exegesis, periodic commentaries on Jewish practice and, at the end, 41 essays by prominent rabbis and scholars on topics ranging from the Torah scroll and dietary laws to ecology and eschatology.

    These essays, perused during uninspired sermons or Torah readings at Sabbath services, will no doubt surprise many congregants. For instance, an essay on Ancient Near Eastern Mythology," by Robert Wexler, president of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, states that on the basis of modern scholarship, it seems unlikely that the story of Genesis originated in Palestine. More likely, Mr. Wexler says, it arose in Mesopotamia, the influence of which is most apparent in the story of the Flood, which probably grew out of the periodic overflowing of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The story of Noah, Mr. Wexler adds, was probably borrowed from the Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh.

    Equally striking for many readers will be the essay "Biblical Archaeology," by Lee I. Levine, a professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. "There is no reference in Egyptian sources to Israel's sojourn in that country," he writes, "and the evidence that does exist is negligible and indirect." The few indirect pieces of evidence, like the use of Egyptian names, he adds, "are far from adequate to corroborate the historicity of the biblical account."

    Similarly ambiguous, Mr. Levine writes, is the evidence of the conquest and settlement of Canaan, the ancient name for the area including Israel. Excavations showing that Jericho was unwalled and uninhabited, he says, "clearly seem to contradict the violent and complete conquest portrayed in the Book of Joshua." What's more, he says, there is an "almost total absence of archaeological evidence" backing up the Bible's grand descriptions of the Jerusalem of David and Solomon.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "litany of disillusion" about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

    October 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
    • Mike

      Luke wrote a great article also around the year 30-40 AD, during the times of the events.


      I reread Mere Christianity and now going through Strobels The Case for the Real Jesus, his second book where he interviews NT scholars to answer the six objection mostly raised by Crossan and Ehrman. Anyway the point was penacost not referenced in either of those works.

      October 11, 2010 at 10:41 am |
    • Reality

      . Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/

      – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–

      30-60 CE Passion Narrative
      40-80 Lost Sayings Gospel Q
      50-60 1 Thessalonians
      50-60 Philippians
      50-60 Galatians
      50-60 1 Corinthians
      50-60 2 Corinthians
      50-60 Romans
      50-60 Philemon
      50-80 Colossians
      50-90 Signs Gospel
      50-95 Book of Hebrews
      50-120 Didache
      50-140 Gospel of Thomas
      50-140 Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel
      50-200 Sophia of Jesus Christ
      65-80 Gospel of Mark
      70-100 Epistle of James
      70-120 Egerton Gospel
      70-160 Gospel of Peter
      70-160 Secret Mark
      70-200 Fayyum Fragment
      70-200 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
      73-200 Mara Bar Serapion
      80-100 2 Thessalonians
      80-100 Ephesians
      80-100 Gospel of Matthew
      80-110 1 Peter
      80-120 Epistle of Barnabas
      80-130 Gospel of Luke
      80-130 Acts of the Apostles
      80-140 1 Clement
      80-150 Gospel of the Egyptians
      80-150 Gospel of the Hebrews
      80-250 Christian Sibyllines
      90-95 Apocalypse of John
      90-120 Gospel of John
      90-120 1 John
      90-120 2 John
      90-120 3 John
      90-120 Epistle of Jude
      93 Flavius Josephus
      100-150 1 Timothy
      100-150 2 Timothy
      100-150 T-itus
      100-150 Apocalypse of Peter
      100-150 Secret Book of James
      100-150 Preaching of Peter
      100-160 Gospel of the Ebionites
      100-160 Gospel of the Nazoreans
      100-160 Shepherd of Hermas
      100-160 2 Peter

      October 11, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  8. they always misspell "shrewish"

    There's nothing like politicians for useless posturing and pathetic laws.

    If they were required to carve out ten "commandments" from scratch, they wouldn't do any better than Moses did.

    October 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
    • Godzilla


      October 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
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