Model Knesset

Israel has no written constitution. Various attempts to draft the formal document since 1948 have fallen short of the mark, and instead Israel has evolved a system of basic laws and rights that enjoy semi-constitutional status. This provisional solution is increasingly inadequate for Israel’s needs, and the necessity of completing this historic task has never been so urgent. Many believe that a constitution is crucial to Israel’s political and social climate. It establishes the basic principles and laws of the state, its credo, values, and basic structure of government. In a democratic state, the constitution places limits on the government in order to prevent it from abusing its powers. The constitution also aims to prevent a tyranny of the majority and therefore must protect both basic human rights and the collective rights of minority groups. Yet, Israel still does not have a written one down. But follow some basic laws and systems that people do not really believe in. The model Knesset committee today regarding this issue would discuss and follow up on whether Israel, as a democratic country in the 21st century, needs this kind of thing. After all, the country has worked for 75 years without one, so why now? what changed?
With everything going on around our country and the world, I believe it’s time Israel had one.
The representative ministries, such as the ministry of Home Front Command, the ministry of minorities, and many more, have pointed it out as well.
But the most relevant question we need to ask is: how?
There were many struggles in the past, and a long history of 75 years can prove that.
So why now, as I said before?
Can this be solved, and Israel would finally have a constitution like other countries?
“The problem with writing a constitution is religious equality,” stated the Ministry of Home Front Command. “Each side tries to get twice as much as it deserves. I want to get to writing a constitution; we need to compromise over our differences.”
If the world were all pink and glitter, I’d have to agree with the notion of home-front communication. But regarding the time we are living in and the long distance between our relations in Israel, I don’t see a way that we can compromise.
But if we somehow managed to create a constitution that made all citizens of Israel equally governed by the law and had their basic human rights in their hands, I believe that we would manage to create a constitution for Israel.
One that would put everyone in equal place by the law and won’t go beyond it.
One would say that this country is open to whoever wishes to immigrate. And if they choose to, they would be the same as every other citizen that already lives here.
Because after all, God made all the sae, why shouldn’t this institution do the same?
May God bless this committee, and hopefully, by the end, we will have a draft constitution that the people of Israel have been waiting for for the past 75 years.

Adi Esther Lahmi, Press Director


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