The beginning of a new series investigating how the Israeli Declaration of Independence came about, and what the text reveals about the country it brought into being.
The declaration came together so hurriedly that if the drafters had argued for even a few hours more it would have read much differently.
Israel’s founders made little of the declaration at the time. It took decades of work by figures of widely different political stripes to make it the towering document it is today.
Israel’s declaration was never intended to function as domestic law. There’s no reason it should have been transformed into the quasi-constitution it is today.
In part it is because Israelis have a higher regard for the people who wrote it than for the politicians they now elect to office.