16 October 2007 - Israel's constitutional moment
The Knesset is about to begin a series of weekly discussions on a new constitution, and Shahar Ilan at Ha’aretz provides a summary of what’s on the table. It appears that the discussions will focus on the religious-secular issues that have held up the constitutional process for decades. But there is not much discussion of Arab concerns, nor is there much being said about reining in Knesset supremacy.
It would be interesting to attend some of these sessions now that the discussions are being in earnest. However, I’m not sure the Knesset is the right forum for constitutional negotiations, especially since it is part of the problem. Also, the Arab parties are planning to boycott. Careful leadership will be needed to ensure that this will not be a missed chance to place Israeli democracy on firmer foundations.