A Civilian Commander in Chief: David Ben-Gurion, the Israeli Army and the Law
17 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2008
Date Written: November 20, 2007
David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime-minister, is regarded more of a "security-minded leader" than a "civilian leader". Nevertheless, as premier of a fledgling state, he played a major role in shaping Israel's civil institutions and establishing democracy and the rule of law. Even his attitude toward the army and security matters derived from a solidly-constructed civil-legal weltanschauung. This paper demonstrates the civil roots of his concept of army by analyzing his insistent demand for the enactment of a comprehensive and efficient military criminal code (known in Israel as the Military Justice Law).
Keywords: legal history
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