Israel Cabinet backs bill anchoring 'Jewish state' in law: media

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Ministers voted on Sunday in favour of a controversial proposal to anchor in law Israel's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people, at the expense of its democratic character.

Following a stormy meeting, the Cabinet voted 14 to six in favour of the proposal, with ministers from the two centrist parties - HaTnuah led by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Yesh Atid of Finance Minister Yair Lapid - voting against, media reports said.