BEN-GURION AGAINST THE KNESSET (Cass Series--Israeli by Giora Goldberg

By Giora Goldberg

The facility fight among Ben-Gurion and the Knesset was once no longer basically involved in who may still carry the reins of energy, yet with the beliefs that are supposed to lie at the back of govt. Ben-Gurion didn't imagine that the Knesset had the ethical spine required at a historical turning-point in Israeli heritage, whilst the nature of the kingdom used to be being built; even if he conceded that it used to be in a position to facing the extra mundane administrative initiatives. He as a result denied the Knesset the correct to participate within the policy-making procedure, triggered a decline within the help of the elite and most people, inspired partisanship, and endeavored to minimize competitiveness. Ben-Gurion used to be so dismissive of the Knesset and its participants, that he wouldn't even attend events at which Knesset participants have been being given awards.

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Ben-Gurion persisted in his systematic disregard for the clause in the Law and Administration Ordinance that determined the principle of the government’s subordination to the Council. He now also cited the argument that there was no clause in the law which restricted the government. Nir submitted a question to Ben-Gurion after the Prime Minister’s declaration to the foreign press that Israel would not align herself ‘with one world bloc against another’. 82 Nir pursued the point, and raised the question of the government’s attitude towards the Council on various occasions.

It had no rules of procedure and he controlled its agenda. He did not inform the Council of the preparations for the establishment of the state. The decision to proclaim statehood was dealt with by the Mapai institutions, ratified by the People’s Administration, but never appeared on the agenda of the People’s Council. The members of the Council did not take part in formulating the Declaration of Independence. Ben-Gurion refused even to listen to their reservations regarding the proposed text. 22 THE PROVISIONAL STATE COUNCIL At the first session of the Provisional State Council, two days after the proclamation of statehood, it turned out that the establishment of the state had not brought far-reaching changes.

This ordinance revoked the Assembly’s dual structure as a conventional legislature and a body charged with the task of framing a constitution. The majority of the members of the Constitution Committee of the Council favoured including a clause which would charge the Assembly with the task of framing a constitution within two years. Ben-Gurion, on the other hand, represented the stand of the government in favour of omitting both that clause and the one that would restrict the term of office of the Constituent Assembly to two years.

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