"The State of Israel, which demands of its enemies to recognize it as the nation-state of the Jewish people and justifiably asks its supporters in the world to back this demand, needs to be able to declare in its highest legislative level that it proudly maintains this identity".
Israeli ministers have approved a controversial bill that will downgrade Arabic as an official language and define the country as the "national home of the Jewish people".
Netanyahu praised the bill in a meeting with his Likud party and voiced support for it, saying his government would put it to a vote and usher it into law during the Knesset's summer session.
The president said he was keen to reunite the Palestinian people and land by ending the division, as well as enable the national consensus government to be in charge of all aspects of life in the Gaza Strip.
The Israel Democracy Institute described the new bill as "violating the sensitive balance between the Jewish and democratic liners". "Events of recent months prove that this is a battle for the Israel's image and national identity".
One has to scratch one's head and question what is wrong with Israel today that compels lawmakers to pass a bill that will permit passing a law declaring Israel the Jewish state after 69 years of independence.
He added that Germany will continue its efforts to build the Palestinian state and improve the living condition of the Palestinian people.
They have accused him of pandering to right-wingers, and past versions of the legislation failed to make it through parliament.
The latest version reached out to liberals by including the phrase "Jewish and democratic" and omitting a previously included affirmation of the importance of settlement throughout Israel's borders.
Arab legislator Ayman Odeh responded to the cabinet decision on Twitter: 'The nation-state law is tyranny by the majority and "legally" turns us into second-class citizens'.
Critics said that the bill is discriminatory to Israel's Arab and other minority populations. "Discrimination has received a legal stamp. The danger in this law in that is establishes two classes of citizen - Jewish and Arab", he said.
It was among a large number of hacking tools and other files that a group known as the Shadow Brokers released on the internet. The attacks involved ransomware - software which invades computer systems and takes control of files.
Red Sox: Knuckleballer Steven Wright will have surgery to fix cartilage in his left knee and miss the rest of the season. Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dylan Barnes plunked Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts , sparking further animosity.
Other than a tie for fifth at a European Tour event in Malaysia earlier this year, Willett's best finish is a tie for 39th. He'll head home after this week to get ready for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the flagship event in Europe.
His Real Madrid side played quite poorly this season and he has been dealing with large shares of the criticism himself. This is something which will only further his playing career and his first accolade may come as soon as this summer.
With the growing connections to Russian Federation among Trump administration officials, we can only wonder who will be next. Commenting on this conversation on Fox news, President Donald Trump blamed the Obama administration for not vetting Flynn.
Dillashaw took notice of Garbrandt's back injury and accused the newly minted champion of trying to pull out of the title clash. So we're putting him on a plane and sending him to that place in Germany that I go to", White said.
Alvarez had a 228-71 edge in punches landed against Chavez, and an 83-15 advantage in jabs landed, according to CompuBox. The real news of tonight, however, was the fight against Golovkin , who walked to the ring as Alvarez called him out.
L'abstention s'est élevée à 25,44 % des inscrits sur les listes électorales, en hausse par rapport au premier tour (22,23 %). Le score est donc historique pour le parti d'extrême-droite qui n'avait jamais enregistré un tel résultat auparavant.
Unfortunately for the United Kingdom defense, one of those hits was Veach's homerun that ended their SEC Tournament run. Mize, who entered the game averaging north of 12 strikeouts per nine innings, didn't record his first until the fourth.
Military analysts say Syria and its allies likely will next focus on the town of Maskana in the eastern Aleppo countryside.
Funeral begins for Romanian tourist killed in London attack
Orthodox Archbishop Teodosie of Tomis headed a phalanx of priests who wafted incense during the service, much of which was sung. He also alluded to the forthcoming proposal from engineer Mr Burnaz who stood quietly during the service occasionally weeping.
Man City and Leicester City Settled for 2-1 Win
Madley awarded Leicester a penalty after Clichy, in a blind panic, hacked down Mahrez after the winger had twisted past him. As it stands, City climb to third, two points above Liverpool who are away to West Ham tomorrow.
Puerto Rico hit with 1st lawsuit from bondholders
The latest proposal would have provided as much as 90 cents on the dollar to general-obligation bondholders. Puerto Rico could announce a historic, court-supervised restructuring for a portion of its $70 billion debt.
Bottas misses most of final practice, Raikkonen fastest
Sergio Perez was eighth and Esteban Ocon 10th, Ocon feeling his lost two tenths after failing to engage DRS at a crucial moment. Vettel had not felt comfortable in his vehicle during the Friday sessions but found his rhythm on the last practice run.