The Road Not Taken: Constitutional Non-Decision Making in 1948-1950 and its Impact on Civil Liberties in the Israeli Political Culture
S. Ilan Troen and Noah Lucas, Israel: The First Decade of Independence (SUNY Press, 1995), 83-104
23 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2016
Date Written: May 27, 1994
The differing agendas of the Orthodox and secular founders of the state of Israel made agreement on the content of a constitution impossible. In order to maintain his secular party's dominance in the government of the new state, David Ben-Gurion made the "decision not to decide," and put the constitution-making process on hold in favor of adoption of a series of basic laws. The impact on civil liberties in Israel has been substantial. The essay is based on interviews with members of the founding generation.
Keywords: Israel, David Ben-Gurion, Israeli constitutionalism, Mapai, Zionism, civil liberties in Israel, statism
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