The JLC is conducting a community-wide consultative exercise as part of a process initiated by the Government of Israel. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has been tasked by Israel’s Prime Minister and Cabinet with preparing a consultative constitutional document with a view to establishing a formal state framework rooted in the ideal that that Israel is committed to operating as both a Jewish and Democratic State.
The Government of Israel has correctly recognised that this possible new ‘constitutional arrangement’ has potentially far-reaching ramifications for World Jewry.
The JLC has agreed to make every effort to collect and articulate the perspective of our community. We recognise that there are likely to be a range of opinions and a plurality of views. JLC will play an entirely facilitative role in this regard – reporting broad consensus where possible and reflecting the range of views where it is not. It is our view that the process and conversation itself will be a valuable one for our community.
I invite members of the community to make written submissions (not exceeding two sides of A4) setting out their views on the following four central questions:
- What are the core Jewish values and expressions that Israel must insist on having?
- What are the core democratic values and expressions that Israel must insist on having?
- When Israel has to choose between “Jewish and Democratic” what principles should guide its actions.
- Should there be an explicit expression of the ‘special relationship’ between Israel and Diaspora Jews? What form might it take?
Responses should be sent to email@example.com by 6 February 2014.