The Modern State of Israel: Jewish, Israelite or Both?

Menorah medallion discovered at the foot of the Temple Mount in Dr. Eilat Mazar’s 2013 Ophel Excavation.
© Dr. Eilat Mazar

JERUSALEM — Israel is now the Jewish State. A landmark bill passed in the Knesset on Wednesday night made it official that Israel is the “national home of the Jewish people.” While this is obviously well-known, establishing the Jewish character as part of the basic law underscores Israel’s Jewish roots. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the new law in light of the fateful decision in 1948 to call the Jewish State Israel, instead of the other options that were on the table.

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