Israel is expected to pass a contentious bill that would highlight the country as a Jewish state amid fears by critics that it would legalise segregation.
The so-called "Nationality Bill" looks to define Israel's existing Jewish nature into law.
"There is no connection to minorities, it is a Jewish state as stated in the declaration of Independence, and therefore the law approves that," said Ayoub Kara, the Israeli Minister of Communications.
But its various versions have drawn accusations that it will undermine the country's democratic character, and some Israeli politicians and rights groups have even denounced it as racist.
Israelis are divided over the issue.
Shmuel Hameri, a Jerusalem resident, said he is in favour of the bill.
"We need a Jewish majority here," he argued.
Uri Dromi, another Jerusalem resident, opposes the bill.
"I think it is a shame that in the second part of 2018, Israel has to pass such a law. Israel is a Jewish state, period. Israel doesn't need any law to ascertain its Jewish character," he said.
The bill will reportedly downgrade the status of the Arabic language.
Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel's population and strongly oppose the bill.
"As Arab citizens here, we are the original (inhabitants) of this country, we were born here and we lived here, and many Jewish people came to this country, how you will turn it into a Jewish state, this is a racist law against the Arabs," said Eyad Abboud, a resident of the Arab City of Nazareth in northern Israel.
Kayed Balan, a resident of the mixed city of Haifa, said "this is something that we are ashamed of and we don't accept it".
One of its clauses critics find worrying is that it will allow the establishment of communities composed of people of the same beliefs or nationality.
Critics say this could spark segregated areas and sideline minorities.
"They are talking about special community villages or towns which will be purely for Jews, preventing Arabs from getting to be citizens and residents of these villages. It is a segregation, it is the absolute translation and implementation of so called apartheid," said Ahmad Tibi, an Arab Knesset member.
The Israeli prime minister defended on August 5th a contentious piece of legislation meant to enshrine Israel's Jewish character that has drawn tens of thousands in protest against it.
Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of his Cabinet that the law has not harmed individual rights and that it was meant to protect Israel's status as a Jewish state for generations to come.
His remarks come after tens of thousands of members of Israel's Druze minority and their Jewish supporters packed a central Tel Aviv square August 4th to rally against the law, which critics say sidelines Israel's non-Jewish citizens.
The rally marked the biggest backlash yet against the recently passed law that enshrines Israel's Jewish character and downgrades the standing of Arabic from an official to a "special" language.
The law has outraged Israel's Arabic-speaking minority which includes the Druze and makes up about 20 percent of the population. Critics say the law undermines the country's democratic values.
The Druze serve in the military, unlike most of the country's Arab citizens, who overwhelmingly follow Sunni Islam and have close family ties with Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories. Over the years, members of the Druze community have risen to prominence in the military and in politics.