ijvJMuci6sRoIsrael’s cabinet approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to enshrine the country’s status as a Jewish nation-state in law, further dividing an already riven coalition. The proposed legislation, which would require parliamentary approval to become law, was passed at the end of a stormy debate, the Ha’aretz newspaper said on its website. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid, whose parties account for 25 of the 68 parliamentary seats Netanyahu’s government controls, opposed it, saying it undermines Israel’s democratic values. Hawkish rivals to Netanyahu within his coalition have demanded such legislation. More