Israel Summons EU Envoy In Row Over Controversial Bill • Channels Television


Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu                                                   ERIC PIERMONT / AFP


Israel summoned the EU ambassador on Thursday over allegations of interference in the passage of a controversial law which could pave the way for Jewish-only communities.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the foreign ministry to “reprimand” EU envoy Emanuele Giaufret, warning “additional steps” were planned.

The summons is tied to the so-called nation-state law, which Netanyahu wants to pass by the end of the month.

The proposed legislation would allow the state to “authorise a community composed of people having the same faith and nationality to maintain the exclusive character of that community.”

That was seen as allowing towns to exclude Arab citizens, who account for some 17.5 per cent of Israel’s population, or even other Jewish communities.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, whose role is mainly symbolic,…


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