The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy


Time for Regime Change

Filed under: Constitution & RightsDomestic PolicyCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 7:55 am

1) The people of Israel know that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is incompetent, that he not only tolerates missile attacks on Sderot, but also enormous arms shipments to terrorists in Gaza. The people also know, or have reason to believe, that Olmert should be indicted for various criminal offenses.

2) The people know that Amir Peretz is not qualified to be Israel’s Defense Minister.

3) The people know—and high-ranking reserve officers have publicly declared—that Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz should resign in view of his abysmal failure in last summer’s war in Lebanon.

4) Further, the people have no confidence not only in the Olmert government, but also in Israel’s system of governance, whose fragmented and dysfunctional nature has fostered widespread corruption at home and existential dangers from abroad.

Faced with this internal malaise on the one hand, and genocidal threats on the other—and seeing only a further deterioration of Israel’s security—a group of eminent civilians and generals should call upon Mr. Olmert and tell him to dissolve his government, that failure to do so will compel them to call for mass demonstrations which will not cease until the government resigns.

New elections should be held within 21 days to place competent people in key positions of government. While the new government conducts the affairs of state, it must appoint a committee to draft a national constitution within two months. A sound constitution for Israel—conceived preeminently as a Jewish nation—will include these features:

1) The inept and corrupt system of multi-party coalition government will be replaced by a nationally elected President having Executive powers and a fixed term of office.

2) Members of the President’s cabinet will hold no other public office.

3) Contrary to the plan of Avigdor Lieberman, the Executive branch will be checked by a strong Legislature possessing the power of administrative oversight to prevent corruption.

4) Members of the Legislature will have a fixed term of office and will be individually elected by the people in regional elections.

5) The President’s appointment of cabinet ministers will require the Legislature’s approval.

6) All treaties will be ratified by an extraordinary majority of a plenum of the Legislature.

7) The President, with the advice of a council learned in secular and Jewish law, will nominate Supreme Court judges whose appointment will require the approval of the Legislature.

8) The Constitution will stipulate, as its paramount principle, that Israel is a Jewish nation, and that all other principles are subordinate thereto.

9) The draft Constitution will be submitted to the legislature for approval, and the legislature will have 21 days to make amendments. The draft Constitution will be submitted to a Committee on Style to make it comprehensible to the general public. (This latter consideration should guide the constitutional committee.)

10) The Constitution will be submitted to a national referendum.

The first priority, however, is to rid Israel of its disastrous Olmert government. But to minimize the probability of political incompetents and scoundrels returning to power, a high-toned constitution must be established. It must be designed in such a way as to promote professionalism as well as Jewish national pride. Nothing less will spare this country from looming disaster.