In other words, Palestinians need not exist. Historians of the future, though, will surely remark on the unsettling coincidence of Orbán visiting Israel in the immediate aftermath of the Knesset passing the Jewish Nation-State Law, a mark of shame on Israel's statute books. The legislation also declares Hebrew as the only official language, stripping Arabic of the same status.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the party called upon the global community to put pressure on Israel to abolish the "draconian and racist" law.
The new national state law wants to remedy an old problem.
The bill is the latest Israeli attempt to undermine the Palestinian identity and the Arab and Islamic heritage, especially the status of the city of Al Quds, which it seeks to make its eternal capital in violation of worldwide resolutions that affirm that the city was a Palestinian one occupied in 1967.
In effect, the Nation State law, which as a fundamental law holds constitutional power, means Israel's ethno-religious character supersedes its democratic one.
The bill, which also states that Al Quds is the capital of Israel, not only encourages illegal settlements, but also flagrantly violates all global laws and United Nations resolutions, especially those which criminalise Israeli settlements and call for cessation of violence against Palestinians.
"A hundred and twenty-two years after [the founder of modern Zionism Theodore] Herzl made his vision known, with this law we determined the founding principle of our existence", Benjamin Netanyahu said.
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ESTRIN: Israel is defined by law as a Jewish and democratic state.
Israel is often accused by its fiercest critics of practising a system akin to apartheid against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. "They did not exist".
Israelis on Thursday appeared split over the law.
As a result of the legislation, Okal said, "Palestinians in Israel will be subject to increased discrimination while the collective displacement of Palestinians [from their land] will only accelerate".
The upshot of the law, Abulhawa wrote, is that "indigenous non-Jews aren't human enough to be accorded the human right of self-determination" and that "if they choose to live in their homeland", they will be expected to exist at the mercy of the conquerors.
"Thanks to the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and the leadership's commitment to the national constants, the US-led "deal of the century" has been thwarted", PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement cited by the official Wafa news agency.
Eugene Kontorovich, worldwide law director at the Kohelet Policy Forum, a conservative Jerusalem think tank, defended the bill, arguing it "is similar to provisions in many Western democratic constitutions, which provide for an official language and national character that reflects the majority of the population".