Waxman, Dov, and Ilan Peleg. “The Nation-State Law and the Weakening of Israeli Democracy.” Israel Studies 25, no. 3 (2020): 185-200.
The article argues that the significance of the Nation-State Law is not merely symbolic but substantive as well, and may exert a long-term influence on Arab-Jewish relations in Israel and on the future of the West Bank. The authors provide a broad historical and political perspective on the Law, tracing what they view as Israel’s transition from semi-liberal democracy to illiberal, majoritarian democracy that resembles a widespread global trend. The authors conclude that the 2018 Law reinforces majoritarian elements within the polity while it weakens Israel’s liberal-democratic claims. The article warns against the implications of the Law in both domestic and foreign policy.