Activists wave Declaration of Independence in stormy Knesset nation-state debate

At special session called by opposition over controversial law, its leader Tzipi Livni slams coalition, calls for early elections and ‘covenant of equals’ with Israel’s minorities

8 August 2018

Zionist Union activists waved copies of Israel’s Declaration of Independence in the Knesset plenum Wednesday during a special debate on the nation-state law.

Opposition leader MK Tzipi Livni delivered the main address at the gathering, which was called after the opposition obtained the requisite 25 MKs’ signatures for holding a special plenum debate during the summer recess.

In her speech, Livni railed against the right-wing government, called for early elections and said the opposition would pass the Declaration of Independence as a basic law in lieu of the nation-state law passed by the right-wing coalition on July 19.