The Israeli Constitution: From Evolution to Revolution
We are delighted announce The Israeli Constitution: From Evolution to Revolution by Gideon Sapir is now available to subscribers of Oxford Constitutions of the World (OCW). To mark its launch on the platform, we have made the text's introduction freely available for a limited time.
The book evaluates the development of the Israeli constitution from an unwritten British-style body of law to the declaration of the Basic Laws as the de facto Israeli constitution by the supreme court and on through the present day. It is divided into a chronological history, devoted to a description of the process of establishing a constitution; and a thematic one, devoted to the review and evaluation of major constitutional issues that are also the subject of discussion and research in other countries, with emphasis on the unique characteristics of the Israeli case.
Professor Sapir has also written a piece for the OUPBlog examining some of the arguments made against Israel's recent move to enshrine a new Basic Law defining itself as the unequivocal nation-state of the Jewish people. The article is available to read here.