Two ministers call for amendments to Israel's Nation State law

Moshe Kahlon and Naftali Bennett say changes should be made following prospect of Druze legal action


Two Israeli ministers have called for changes to the country's controversial Nation State law following widespread criticism.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Naftali Bennett, the Education Minister, said in separate remarks that the law had caused divisions.

Driven through the Knesset by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Nation State law says "the expressioin of national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people".

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But the provisions have angered minority groups in Israel, with members of the Druze community expected to mount a legal challenge.

Mr Kahlon said the Druze concerns demonstrated the law had been "passed in haste."

"The last thing that we want is to harm the Druze community," he told Israeli army radio.

Mr Bennett had earlier said the Druze were "our brothers who stand shoulder to shoulder with us on the battlefield".

"We, the government of Israel, have a responsibility to find a way to heal the rift," he said.

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