2018-08-01 / Mideast

Netanyahu meets with Druze leaders angered by nation-state law

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with lawmakers from the minority Druze community who objected to a controversial law declaring Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people.

The meeting Thursday came after Druze leaders, including three Knesset members, challenged the “extreme” law in the Supreme Court and said it discriminated against Israel’s minorities.

The Prime Minister’s Office pledged “profound commitment” to the 100,000-strong Druze community, an offshoot of Islam whose members serve in the military and police. Netanyahu planned another meeting on Friday with the Druze leaders. (JTA)

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