Entrenching the Status-Quo: Religion and State in Israel's Constitutional Proposals

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The article analyzes draft constitutions intended to reform the religious status quo within Israel. It is suggested by the author that the draft constitutions do little to reform major issues related to Israeli identity and even hinder the possibility for future political reforms initiated by the liberal-secular Supreme Court. She examines the growing overlap between the religious-secular divide and the institutional tension between the Supreme Court and the Knesset. The author also expresses her doubts on the passage of any formal constitution by majority vote in the Knesset.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-461
Number of pages17
JournalConstellations: An International Journal of Critical & Democratic Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • NATIONAL characteristics
  • RELIGION & state
  • ISRAEL -- Politics & government
  • ISRAEL. Bet ha-mishpat ha-elyon


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