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    • zionist forever
    • 16.05.13 | 16:07 (IDT)

    The problem with drafting a constitution AFTER statehood is who is going to do it if its going to be neutral because a constitution is a document that will apply to generations not just now and political attitudes over generations change. One generation might want very religious another would be secular so we cannot base a constitution on what we want now and we can't have politicians doing it. If a politician from Shas was involved in drafting it the constitution would be very difference to if it was Lapd who hates orthodox religion and is proud of it. Even if we can keep MKS out of drafting it who is going to choose who does draft it. again if Lapid was asked which independent people who does he recommend to do the job he would no doubt go with people well known for their anti orthodoxy whilst Shas would want people who are pro religion. The only other western country in the world without a written constitution is England but they have thousands of years of precedents so they just say well for the past 100 years the courts have been saying yes to that so the judges today will probably go with those precedents when deciding. Israel has no historic precedents to use as guidelines and the law itself is a mess of Ottoman, British and Israeli we handled it badly when we had a chance to get it right. If in 1948 we had started with a clean slate got rid of all imperial laws and drafted a constitution it could have been done but 64 years after independence its to late if you want a document thats above current politics or creating something that this generation will be happy with but its just not something thats timeless the way something like the US constitution is and if we get it wrong now because of politicos 64 years from now people are going to have to live by rulings that just have no relevance to their generation and the coalition political system just makes it even harder to try and get a neutral generational constitution.

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    First published 21:54 15.05.13 | Last updated 21:54 15.05.13
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