National Library of Australia

Due to major building activity some of our collections are temporarily unavailable. Please check the catalogue carefully to find out if your selection is impacted.  Learn more

You must be logged in to Tag Records
Building democracy on sand : Israel without a constitution / Arye Carmon
Bib ID 8150744
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Carmon, Arye, author
 
Uniform Title Be-en ḥuḳah. English
Description Stanford, California : Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, [2019] 
xv, 277 pages ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 9780817923150 (paperback)
0817923152 (paperback)
Invalid ISBN 9780817923167 (electronic book)
9780817923174 (electronic book)
9780817923181 (electronic book)
Series

Hoover Institution Press publication ; 705.

Summary

"More than seven decades after the founding of Israel, the momentum to establish a Jewish state has led to remarkable achievements in the nation's "hardware": stable structures in government, the military, and the economy. At the same time, the "operating system," the guidelines that accommodate human diversity and enable coexistence, is still riddled with weaknesses. Arye Carmon diagnoses the critical vulnerabilities at the heart of Israeli democracy and the obstacles to forming a sustainable national consciousness. The author merges touching narratives about his own life in Israel with insightful ruminations on the Jewish diaspora and the arc of Israel's history, illuminating the conflicts between Jewish identities and between democratic values and the halacha-the collective body of Jewish religious laws. There is no consensus on the characteristics that define Israel as a state that is both Jewish and democratic. Rather, the struggle between a secular and a religious Jewish identity, amid voices promoting ethnocentric nationalism, threatens to sever the ties that strengthen democracy. This cultural fragility has far-reaching implications for Israeli institutions and deepens societal rifts. Israel lacks a constitution to bind its democracy and a bill of rights to safeguard the freedoms of its citizens, enable the inclusion of diverse outlooks and beliefs, and underpin the norms of its civil society"--

Full contents
  • Between reason and faith : preliminary notes
  • Diasporic nation and territorial nations
  • The Zionist deficit
  • "Negation of the exile" : stumbling block to acculturation
  • The Gordian Knot : religion and nationhood
  • The transition from sovereignty-in-the-making to sovereignty
  • Ben-Gurionist statism
  • The ethos of survival
  • The centrality of death in Israel
  • The interaction between governance and religion
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Translated from the original Hebrew into English.

Subjects Constitutional law -- Israel.  |  Judaism and state -- Israel.  |  Israel -- Politics and government.  |  Israel.

Online

    In the Library

    Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

    Details Collect From
    S 320.9 HOO no. 705
    Copy: S pbk
    Main Reading Room - Most pre 2005 held offsite

    Order a copy

    - Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

    Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
    close Can I borrow items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close What can I get online?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.