A Jewish and Liberal State

Median Jewish mass Aliyah in the tens of millions will only delay with a few decades the point where Haredim become a majority in the State of Israel. This means that Israel requires a new political system for the long term, one based on juristocracy and where religious political parties are banned under a liberal constitution. The current government’s judicial reforms therefore go in the wrong direction. Israel requires more juristocracy, not less. The only question is when to do this? The economic price for waiting is staggering as generations of Haredim will live on the dole rather than contribute to society. Israel currently has a government where half the parliamentary base is made up of anti-democratic political parties, this is a shocking and eye-opening situation. The current constitutional crisis is an opportunity, not for a compromise that will dilute Israeli juristocracy but rather a constitutional revolution where Israel is transformed into a Jewish and Liberal state from as of now a Jewish and Democratic state. How could this happen? The Supreme Court will undoubtedly veto the judicial reform proposals and Minister of Justice Yariv Levin has pledged to disobey such rulings, something which could trigger the first military coup in Israel’s history. Such a coup will offer an opportunity to write a constitution for Israel where the state is defined as Jewish and Liberal. We have to plan for the long term when Haredim become the majority and we have to integrate them into the economy, the military and academia long before that.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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