Israel's top court has upheld a law denying citizenship to Palestinians married to Israelis, with one judge saying it helped the Jewish state fend off "national suicide".By a 6-to-5 vote, the Supreme Court late on Wednesday rejected petitions against the 2003 ban, which civil liberty groups denounced as racist for potentially forcing members of Israel's 20-per cent Arab minority who wed Palestinians to emigrate.The former centrist government championed the law chiefly on security grounds given Palestinian gun and bomb attacks.But Interior Minister Eli Yishai
, who congratulated the Supreme Court today, made clear that shoring up Israel's Jewish majority was also a concern.
Spokesman Roei Lachmanovich said Interior Minister Eli Yishai
had endorsed the construction of 1,600 units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood and would shortly approve 2,700 additional homes in two other east Jerusalem settlement suburbs.
followed a similar statement by Shas Chairman Eli Yishai
Vice President Joe Biden to Israel, which was followed by a political crisis between the two countries after Israeli Minister of Interior Eli Yishai
announced that 1600 would be constructed.
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One of them, Interior Minister Eli Yishai
, went public on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to calm any Israeli concern at the asymmetrical swap.Aa
is ready to lay down his life for their deportation.
The remarks by Interior Minister Eli Yishai
of the religious Shas party illustrated the pressure Netanyahu faces from his right-wing coalition partners to resist Washington's calls to freeze settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.
The ministers opposed to the move were Shaul Mofaz and Yaakov Edri of the ruling Kadima party, and Eli Yishai
, Ariel Attias, Yitzhak Cohen and Meshulam Nehari of the Ultra-Orthodox Shas party.
The spokesman said Industry and Trade Minister Eli Yishai
passed the proposal to former President Jimmy Carter, who came to Israel this week ahead of a visit to Syria where he was expected to meet exiled Hamas supreme leader Khaled Meshaal.
A Haredi man named Yishai
Shlissel allegedly stabbed six people during Jerusalem's annual gay pride parade on Thursday, weeks after he was released from prison for committing a similar crime 10 years ago.
Earlier on Wednesday, MK Eli Yishai
(Shas) urged the government to seize the opportunity of having thousands of illegal immigrants mass together in front of the Knesset to arrest and deport them in accordance with the law.