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    • Alan
    • 01.08.11 | 17:19 (IDT)

    “Constitution: The system of fundamental laws and principles that prescribes the nature, functions, and limits of a government” Any nation that hopes to present its citizenry with any measure of stability and freedom requires a constitution. Without what, any and all laws and rights are mutable and can be revoked on a whim. Is Israel afraid of having a constitution for fear than non-Jews will have equal rights to Jewish citizens? And if so, so what? We can simply state as part of the preamble to the constitution that this nation, known as Israel, is first and foremost a Jewish nation and safe haven that any and all Jews from around the world (provided they have committed no serious crimes) are welcome to move to Israel become Israeli citizens, while also granting citizenry (and the same rights save those of immigration) to non Jews. Such rights would include, for example: Freedom of speech Freedom of worship within private venues (such as homes, churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.) The right to own property. Certain basic rights under the law (due process, illegal search and seizure and such). I would also include (perhaps as part of the first amendment or as part of the preamble) that as language and the meanings of words can change or be distorted with time, that each amendment to the constitution should contain an explanation as to why the law came into being and what the law was meant to achieve. I would also state that in any such situation where said law fails to achieve its goal (such as a law meant to save lives, in certain situations, actually placing people in greater peril) should be suspended in that instance. (ie: if slamming on the breaks at a red light would more likely cause an accident than prevent one, then, in that instance, if running the light would prevent the accident, then the law agrees that it was the safer thing to do and thus not a crime for that instance)... This is something I with the American founding fathers had thought to include in the U.S. Constitution.

    from the article: Civil uprisings demand a constitution
    First published 16:06 01.08.11 | Last updated 16:06 01.08.11
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