National security vs. the sacred institution of marriage — who wins? Well, in the state of Israel, it's the former, of course. The country's High Court has upheld a law making it exceedingly difficult for Palestinians married to Israelis to live within Isreal. Note, by the way, that the Washington Post's coverage of the story (scroll down) doesn't give any indication of how many Palestinian-Israeli couples have been involved in terrorism. It does, however, tell us what effect — intended or otherwise — the law has had:
Since the law was approved, hundreds of Palestinians have been prevented from living with their families in Israel. Critics of the law contend it is designed in part to limit the Arab population of the Jewish state. The law was challenged in 2003 by civil rights groups on behalf of several Israeli-Palestinian couples.
Like this one:
Murad el-Sana, an Arab citizen of Israel who is married to a Palestinian woman from Bethlehem, told Israel Radio that the ruling marked "a very black day for Israel." His wife, Abir, had received a temporary injunction preventing her deportation from Israel. Sana, a lawyer and one of the petitioners, said the ruling appeared to make it impossible for the family, which includes two young children, to remain together in Israel.
I wonder how our own patriots would balance national security and marriage. Actually, I don't wonder.