"This law will escalate tensions in the country, there may be some unrest. But tomorrow all the ministries will adopt amendments given the special rights of Jews and restricted rights of others. Therefore any legal dispute will not be won by the Palestinians," Ghnaim said.
He said that the law had not expelled the Palestinians from Israel but significantly restricted their rights.
The same opinion was expressed by another United Arab List lawmaker, Aiman Oudah.
"As a result [of the law] the tensions between the Jews and the Palestinians will escalate. But we must calm down and be united. We must conduct a balanced and wise domestic policy in order to help Arabs in Israel in this difficult time. It is important to develop the policy for the future," Oudah told Sputnik.
The Israeli parliament passed the controversial law earlier in the day. The legislation also declares Hebrew as the only official language, stripping Arabic of the same status.
Arabs make up a fifth of the country’s eight-million-strong population and have frequently accused the government of discrimination, including against Palestinian refugees, millions of whom have been trying to return to their ancestral homes after being banished during the creation of Israel.