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

By Giora Goldberg

The facility fight among Ben-Gurion and the Knesset used to be now not basically inquisitive about who may still carry the reins of strength, yet with the beliefs that are meant to lie at the back of executive. Ben-Gurion didn't imagine that the Knesset had the ethical spine required at a historical turning-point in Israeli historical past, whilst the nature of the kingdom used to be being built; even supposing he conceded that it used to be in a position to facing the extra mundane administrative projects. He accordingly denied the Knesset definitely the right to participate within the policy-making technique, prompted a decline within the help of the elite and most people, inspired partisanship, and endeavored to lessen competitiveness. Ben-Gurion used to be so dismissive of the Knesset and its individuals, that he wouldn't even attend events at which Knesset individuals have been being given awards.

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Before the vote on Clause 4, Ben-Gurion again intervened and claimed ‘that this clause states an incorrect fact. ’93 As a result, Sprinzak proposed that no vote be taken on this clause. Most of the Council members supported the Speaker’s stand. In several cases, Ben-Gurion disregarded resolutions adopted by his party’s institutions in regard to the Mapai faction’s stand in the Provisional State Council. A striking example was the issue of granting voting rights in the forthcoming elections to the Constituent Assembly to immigrants who had been banished to Cyprus by the British.

85 Some two weeks before the elections to the Constituent Assembly, the Provisional State Council held a debate on the Ordinance of Transition to the Constituent Assembly. 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.

The rules of procedure included several clauses which indicated the inferior status of the Council in comparison to the government. For example, they stipulated that the government secretariat should also serve as the secretariat of the Council. As noted above, the two were separated at a later stage. The rules of procedure authorized the government (and the presidium of the Council) to decide on closed sessions of the Council. This meant that even if most members of the Council supported open deliberations, the government’s viewpoint would prevail.

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