The construction of Israeli Citizenship Law: Intertwining political philosophies

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Because of the significance attached to it, the Knesset passed the 1950 Law of Return in an unprecedentedly short time, but it took two more years to pass the Citizenship Law. The official protocols regarding the legislation of Israel’s Citizenship Law illuminate the main concerns of the drafters. The goal of the emerging national citizenship regime was not just to promote Jewish immigration but to establish a modern state that prohibited dual citizenship, accepted naturalizations, prevented statelessness, and granted equal citizenship to women. These policies are accumulations of countless opinions, values, interests, and ideas, each with different conceptions of citizenship and nationhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-70
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2017


  • Birth Citizenship
  • Dual Citizenship
  • Ethnicity
  • Naturalization
  • The Law of Return (1950)
  • the Citizenship Law (1952)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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