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    "WE DECLARE that.. until the establishment of the elected, regular authorities of the State in accordance with the Constitution which shall be adopted by the Elected Constituent Assembly not later than the 1st October 1948, the People's Council shall act as a Provisional Council of State" - From Israel's Declaration of Independence// The lack of an Israeli Constitution is at the heart of the successful assault by the Right on normal democratic rights. Indeed, drafting a Constitution was what the Constituent Assembly, elected in January 1949, was supposed to do. Unfortunately, 2 parties of the Left refused to join the coalition because they believed the "quality" of their ideology and work entitled them to more seats than their numerical strength indicated. Instead, the Coalition had to rely on support from the religious parties who opposed a Constitution in principle (believing Torah Law should be the constitution). As we know today, that was a tragic historical mistake. And when a million former Soviets showed up on our shores, people who were not educated on fair play and human rights, all dams broke.

    from the article: Netanyahu is working to limit free speech in Israel, Labor leader says
    First published 17:19 13.11.11 | Last updated 17:19 13.11.11
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