Right-wing Israeli parties Likud and Jewish Home have rejected requests to modify the racist Nation State bill, Anadolu news agency reported yesterday.
This position was announced after the leader of the Israeli party Kulanu, Moshe Kahlone, announced that he would work to modify the bill.
Reporting the Israeli government news network KAN, Anadolu said that the leaders of Likud told Kahlone, who is the finance minister and representative of the Druze sect, that there would be no modifications.
Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennet strongly rejects modifying the bill, noting there could be a confrontation between the two parties and Kulanu in the Knesset.
KAN reported Kahlone saying: “The nation state bill was prepared recklessly and it will be modified.”
Bennet and the Israeli Justice Minister Aylet Shaked have said that they would never accept any form of modification of the bill.
On 19 July the Israeli Knesset passed a bill which stipulates that Israel is a nation state for the Jewish people, giving the right to self-determination only to the Jews, making Hebrew the official language and downgrading Arabic to a second language.