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The Israeli judicial reform protests have brought Israel to the brink of social collapse. So what does the lack of a constitution have to do with it?
Although Israel planned to adopt a constitution by October 1948, several factors caused the leaders of the country to indefinitely delay it. Now, 75 years later, the country continues to function without one. Over the years, different opinions have been raised about the importance of a constitution, which continues to be a point of controversy today.
To date, the closest Israel has gotten was creating the Harari Resolution. This resolution has been guiding Israel to build a constitution law by law over time as the country evolves. This started with the creation of the Knesset and continued with essential laws about citizenship and human rights which may eventually become Israel’s first constitution.
However, today, because there is no constitutional law regarding checks and balances of power, both pro-reform and anti-reform citizens fear that one institution (the Knesset or the Supreme Court) will gain too much control with regards to the direction the country will take.