The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy


Outline of A Jewish National Strategy

Filed under: Constitution & RightsGOVERNMENT BRANCHESBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 4:30 am

No great wisdom is required to enumerate the axiomatic requirements of a Jewish national strategy. Only needed is candor and courage. These axiomatic requirements are:

  1. Public affirmation that Israel is the Commonwealth of the Jewish People.

  2. Public affirmation that such a Commonwealth must be based on Jewish principles and values.

  3. Public affirmation that the primary source of Jewish principles and values is the Torah.

  4. Public affirmation that only Jews, whether religious or not, can formulate Jewish national policies.

  5. Public affirmation that the previous axiomatic requirements preclude complete equality of Jewish and non-Jewish residents of Israel.

Regarding the issue of “complete equality,” the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said on May 6, 1976: “There is room [in Israel] for a non-Jewish minority on condition that it accepts the destiny of the State vis-à-vis the Jewish people, culture, tradition, and belief. The minority is entitled to equal rights as individuals with respect to their distinct religion and culture, but not more than that.

Authentic Jewish leaders must acknowledge the axioms or self-evident truths mentioned above. Having done so, they must then expose those basic flaws in Israel’s system of governance which make an authentic Jewish Commonwealth impossible. These flaws—they are largely responsible for Israel’s spineless and suicidal policy of retreat—should be publicized throughout the country:

  1. The dictatorial concentration of power in the Executive Branch. An Israeli prime minister can (a) make agreements with foreign states and even criminal organizations without serious Knesset or public debate; (b) dispose of the land and holy places of the Jewish People; (c) release Arab terrorists who have murdered Jewish men, women, and children; (d) ignore the convictions of those who elected him to office.

  2. The impotence of the Legislative Branch. That Knesset Members are not individually elected by, and accountable to, the voters in constituency elections makes them subservient to their party leaders. This renders them incapable of exercising independent judgment vis-à-vis government policies. Conversely, citizens lack the power to influence the nation’s laws and policies or way of life via their own individually elected representatives.

  3. The imperialism of the Judicial Branch. The Supreme Court is a self-perpetuating oligarchy which has usurped both legislative and executive powers. Its rulings, which often violate basic Jewish principles and values, reveal a design to transform Israel into a conventional “state of its citizens.”

  4. A grotesque electoral system. Proportional representation with a low electoral threshold multiplies political parties and produces a government consisting of rival party leaders incapable of developing coherent, resolute, and long-range national policies. The average duration of an Israeli government is less than two years!

  5. The lack of a clear and concise political document with which to educate youth and thereby promote civic virtue and national unity in public as well as in private schools.

These flaws point to only one remedy: a Constitution. However, Israel will not survive as a Jewish Commonwealth unless its Constitution affirms Judaism as the nation’s paramount principle to which all other principles are subordinate.

Note: This one-page outline can be reduced to half its length to facilitate cooperation among diverse individuals and groups and thereby kick-start a national movement committed to a Jewish constitutional party.