A new episode of the never ending soap opera of Israeli bashing has been unveiled. As usual, an event, which would have been considered trivial in any other country, is blown out of proportion by Israel’s critics.
The issue concerns the new Loyalty Oath, which the country’s cabinet is planning to introduce. The ministers passed the bill, but it still has to be approved by the parliament to become a law.
The oath will require the new non-Jewish citizens to pledge allegiance to a “Jewish and democratic” state. Even though the pledge hasn’t been introduced yet, it already attracts severe accusations of racism from the Arabs and the leftists.
They claim that swearing allegiance to a “Jewish state” shows contempt for non-Jews and undermines the rights of the Israeli Arabs. That despite the fact that the current Arab Israeli citizens will not be asked to take the oath, it applies only to new citizens and the estimates are that it will affect about 25,000 people.
The truth is that Israel really is a Jewish and democratic state. It has always been the home of the Jewish people and Judaism has deeply affected the social and economic organization of their society resulting in high development and prosperity. No other country in the region has achieved the same progress solely through the efforts of its people. The few prosperous Arab countries owe that only to selling their oil supplies.
Israel is also the only democratic country in the region. Its citizens have exactly the same rights and Arab Israelis get the same generous social benefits like everybody else.
So what’s wrong with preserving a system that ensures progress?
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated about the pledge: “The state of Israel is the national state of the Jewish people and is a democratic state in which all its citizens — Jews and non-Jews — enjoy full equal rights. Whoever wants to join us has to recognize us.”
The statement is clear and logical: the successful development is due to the current culture and laws of the country, if you want the progress to continue, you must accept that culture. Those who blow up people and spread religious fanaticism are obviously not welcome in such type of democratic society.
And yet again, the hatred for Israel blinds her critics. It seems redundant to mention that, but many countries in the world have their own pledges of allegiance. Why should Israel be treated under a different standard?
In the USA every new citizen has the obligation to take the Pledge of Allegiance: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
There are no exceptions to that, even though those Muslims who later burn the American flag take the pledge. And even those who hate liberty and want to impose their own barbaric laws are expected to follow it or face the consequences. Can anybody in their right mind think that the USA will abolish or change a pledge to a system that has made the country successful?
The same applies to Canada, where every new citizen takes the following oath: “I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.”
Now, if you are familiar with the British state system, you probably know that Her Majesty the Queen is head of the Church of England and by taking the oath, people pledge allegiance to a Christian country and its laws. And that Christian country ensures the equal treatment of all its citizens regardless of race or religion.
It is true that consecutive Canadian governments have been trying to destroy the values on which the country has been built, but at least at this point those values are more or less still in force. You are still not accepted if your conflict resolution method is cutting your opponent’s throat or stoning your relatives to death. The laws of Canada provide the same protection to every individual.
Why should the case of Israel be any different?
All they require is that every prospective citizen recognize the Jewish and democratic nature of the state. Of course, if your idea of “co-existence” is to push the Jews into the Mediterranean Sea and your concept of “democracy” is a Hamas-like theocratic dictatorship, you are not going to fit in there.
It is tiring to constantly repeat the request that Israel be treated like any other country. Yet, many countries and world-governing bodies try to impose some very unusual requirements on Israel that would be denied by any other government in the world. Israel must negotiate with Mahmoud Abbas, supposedly the leader of the “Palestinian Authority”, but his term as a President has expired long time ago and there is no talk about new elections. Beside that, Abbas controls only part of the territory whose future is discussed. So any agreement reached with him will be null and void even before it is applied. How many other countries in the world would agree to take part in such bizarre “negotiations”?
The double standard in treating Israel is alive and well as it has always been.
How much longer?