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

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Philippa Strum

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Date Written: May 27, 1994

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Strum, Philippa, The Road Not Taken: Constitutional Non-Decision Making in 1948-1950 and its Impact on Civil Liberties in the Israeli Political Culture (May 27, 1994). S. Ilan Troen and Noah Lucas, Israel: The First Decade of Independence (SUNY Press, 1995), 83-104, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2739159

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