Latest News Wires 'Jewish state' bill tests Israeli democracy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing a plan to formalize by law Israel’s status as 'the Jewish state.'

By , Associated Press

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In the face of a rising wave of violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing forward a plan to formalize by law Israel's status as "the Jewish state." Netanyahu says it's a needed response to those who question Israel's right to exist. But the measure would anger Israel's Arab minority and could draw international condemnation, severely testing a delicate balance between democracy and the country's Jewish character. Here's a look at the debate: