The Temple Mount. Those with power rule the day. (Photo: AFP)
YNetNews By; Yoaz Hendel
Op-ed: In place of a written constitution, Israel has its security interests. As a result, shifting security concerns dictate varying courses of actions rather than a set, predictable system of values.
Since Israel declared its independence, the only constitution it has had has been the security constitution. In its 68 years, the country hasn’t found a single prime minister, from David Ben-Gurion to Benjamin Netanyahu, who would leave behind a set of rules and basic values to determine Israel’s fundamental character.
Even the Declaration of Independence would have difficulty getting passed by the different factions of today’s Knesset. The Basic Laws, which were meant to stand in for the constitution, haven’t been passing in recent years—the good or the bad—and so, Israeli judges and attorneys general are left to do what’s right in their eyes, and security becomes our one divine goal.
Everyone agrees on security, after all. All that’s left is to interpret what that means. Through this lens, one can understand the way Palestinian family reunification is treated: Without a Basic Law that declares Israel a Jewish state, or some other definition clarifying the matter, the state’s refusal to allow Palestinian families to reunite with their family members in Israel is explained by security concerns. One can further understand the continued construction in the West Bank, the limits placed on freedom of expression, and the chaos at the Temple Mount.
Our non-existent constitution allows for freedom of religion. It’s our pride and joy. The only country in the Middle East that allows freedom for Jews, Christians, and Muslims of all sects. The Women of the Wall are allowed to bless whomever they want and as much as they want, and if it causes a controversy, a solution will be found.