Many of you who have read this blog know that I have a lot of trouble with the Israeli government as it is. I think that it is an extremely flawed democracy, with no system of checks and balances.
Many Americans erroneously think that Israel is a democratic country like America, and that the only difference is that we have a parliamentary electoral system (where you vote for a party instead of for Prime Minister directly). I used to think so too. When I became more and more interested in politics here, and my Hebrew improved so that I was able to read newspapers and other sources in my second language, I started to learn differently.
My first shock came when I discovered that Israel does not have a constitution at all. For years the Knesset has been trying to address this problem, and Ben Chorin has a good post about it here., including a link to a proposed constitution in English.
To be honest, I am still confused about how the courts, and the Supreme Court especially, make decisions. I have a vague idea that there is a set of basic laws that were cobbled together from what existed before independence in 1948, made up of Ottomon and British laws, with additions made by the first Knesset. Any lawyers out there who would like to enlighten me further are welcome - but easy on the jargon please!
I still believe in working "within" the system, or better yet, overhauling the entire system itself, even if it is extremely frustrating. G-d does his part, and we have to do ours, even if it seems daunting.