The 800 pound gorilla in the room. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nayah Chaim
    • 23.10.10 | 16:25 (IST)

    I am acquainted with the Woodcox family through our synagogue in Kansas City. My and many hearts from here go out to them. The one issue that that seems to tie many of Israel's internal and external struggles together yet seems to not be discussed or acted on is that Israel has no written explicit constitution as required by its Declaration of Independence to be completed by Oct. 1, 1948. Result: The Basic Laws, other legislation, and case law are used by the courts as a constitution. Until Israel successfully writes and ratifies a constitution guaranteeing the equal rights of all people within its borders and creating a complete and thorough firewall between religion and state, Israel cannot achieve peace within it borders and people, nor has the credibility to achieve the same with its neighbors. There must be protections along the lines of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights such as: Kinesset (or Government) shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence. In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of Israel, than according to the rules of the common law. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. The powers not delegated to the National Government by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it are reserved to the people. Absent such a framework, the situation will not get better.

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