After nearly 66 years, the State of Israel has an official name, the Knesset Constitution and Law Committee decided Tuesday. The state is to be called — Israel.
The appellation is a side measure that was filed Tuesday with the committee, which approved for its first reading a law that would make official the current flag, national anthem, and state symbol (the seven-pronged Menorah), all of which have, it turns out, been unofficial symbols until now. Acts like burning the Israeli flag were not prosecutable before, since the flag did not have official status; once the law passes on its second and third reading early next year, as expected, disrespecting the Israeli flag or its other official symbols will be a prosecutable offense.
The law was proposed by a group of MKs and targeted at Arab rioters, who often burn Israeli flags during protests.