Best Answer

Answer 1

While Jews throughout the world can move to Israel and gain automatic citizenship, non-Jews do not have such a right. The minor exception to this rule is Palestinians who were born to Palestinian parents who have Israeli citizenship.

Answer 2

-- The question asks whether non-Jews can be citizens, not whether citizenship is automatic.

The correct answer is that significant fractions of Israel's population are Muslim citizens, Christian citizens, or Druze citizens, and that other small portions of the population are Buddhist citizens, Hindu citizens, Baha'i citizens, and atheist citizens, among others. All citizens of Israel have voting rights, and Muslims, Christians, and Druze representatives have been elected to seats in Israel's national parliament.

There is in fact a difference between Jewish Israeli citizenship and Arab Israeli citizenship. All Jewish citizens of Israel are required to do military service. Arab Muslim citizens are not. (There are other Arab citizens who are also required to do military service or may volunteer.)

Regarding "automatic citizenship", note that such a practice is virtually non-existent in the world, even in the US, the UK, etc. Immigration and citizenship in virtually all countries is limited, and subject to quotas and qualifications. (It is curious to note that other nations do have automatic citizenship for a certain ethnic group, such as Poland for Poles, Lithuania for Lithuanians, Armenia for Armenians and so on but nobody argues against these laws and calls them unfair.)

Jews have been citizens of their home country for four thousand years, but in some periods of history have lacked access to that country. In 1948, the home country of the Jews was restored in Israel, and it welcomes its rightful citizens from all of the other places in the world where they're not wanted.

-- The statement that non-Jews are prohibited from purchasing land in Israel is false, and the statement that non-Jews have limited educational opportunities in Israel because they are non-Jews is false.

-- The non-Jewish Palestinian population in Israel lives throughout the country,

including heavily-ethnic-Arab towns and villages in Israel, where they predominate in the education, employment, commerce. and culture of those Israeli towns and villages. Those who are Israeli citizens vote in their towns and villages during elections.

Note also that non-citizen, non-Jewish, non-resident Palestinians have brought land-use cases against Israel's government, in Israeli courts, and have won their cases.

Note also that although there are large numbers of Palestinians in Israel, both citizens and non-citizens, there are no 'refugee camps' in Israel.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2012-11-01 20:17:21
This answer is:
User Avatar
Study guides


20 cards

Which best describes the difference between Protestant and Catholic beliefs

Where are most of the members of OPEC located

Why did Iraq invade Kuwait in 1991

What happens when OPEC reduces the production of oil

See all cards
5 Reviews

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Can non-Jews be citizens of Israel?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

What is the population of Arab citizens of Israel?

Arab citizens of Israel's population is 278,000.

What are ways citizens can participate in the government of israel?

can citizens in Israel participate in government

Who does Israel belong to?

Israel belongs to its citizens.

Are Arabs allowed to be citizens in Israel?

20% of Israel citizens are Arabs . ============================= Another contributor added: As citizens, the rights and responsibilities of Israel's Arab citizens are the same as all other Israeli citizens, with one exception: Arab citizens of Israel are not required to do military service. Arab citizens of Israel have full voting rights, and have elected several Arabs to seats in the Knesset (Israel's parliament).

What are citizens of Israel called?

Citizens of the Modern State of Israel are called Israelis.Subjects of the Israelite monarchies were called Israelites.

Did nonJews celebrate Passover?

Passover is usually only celebrated by Jews

What does Israel people called?

Citizens of Israel are called Israeli (plural = Israelis).

Israel people called what?

Citizens of Israel are called Israeli (plural = Israelis).

Are Jews citizens of Israel?

Not all Jews are Israeli citizens and not all Israeli citizens are Jews. Around 45% of Jews are Israeli citizens and 75% of Israeli citizens are Jews. That's close but not entirely true. The Law of Return in Israel states that all people of Jewish descent are welcome to come and live in Israel for safety anytime. However, Jews who never lived in Israel and never sought that citizenship are not citizens.

Can citizens of israel choose their religion?


Who were the Israelis?

People who were, and still ARE citizens of Israel.

What are Israelis?

Israelis are citizens or nationals of Israel.

People also asked