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Israel's Ultra-Nationalist Party to Propose Loyalty Oath

By VOA News
25 May 2009

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's ultra-nationalist party says it plans to introduce a bill that would require Israelis to pledge loyalty to Israel as a "Jewish, Zionist and democratic" state.

The Yisrael Beitenu party says it will seek Cabinet approval for the bill on Sunday before presenting the proposed legislation to parliament.

The bill mainly targets the country's Arab citizens, who are perceived as disloyal by some Jewish Israelis. Many Arabs each year mark the anniversary of the founding of Israel as the Naqba, which means catastrophe in Arabic.

The proposed law would enable the interior minister to revoke people's citizenship if they fail to either serve in the military or perform a national service.

The pledge of allegiance was a key element in Yisrael Beitenu's campaigning for the general election last February.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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