The Nation (12 December 2011)

The Nation is the oldest constantly released weekly journal within the usa. The periodical, dedicated to politics and tradition, is self-described as "the flagship of the left." based on July 6, 1865.

"The state should not the organ of any celebration, sect, or physique. it is going to, to the contrary, make an earnest attempt to convey to the dialogue of political and social questions a very severe spirit, and to salary warfare upon the vices of violence, exaggeration and misrepresentation during which rather a lot of the political writing of the day is marred."

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101 (1984). Civil Rights and Land Expropriation 35 The Periodization of Israeli Civil Rights Jurisprudence Scholars generally distinguish three major periods with regard to Israeli civil rights jurisprudence. 2 This five-year period (and some extend it to the first decade) was characterized by the struggle of the Court to receive recognition as a full-fledged and equal branch of government (Lahav l990a; Lahav 1993; Harris 1997). The status of the Supreme Court within the Israeli system of government during this period was uncertain.

95/49, AI-Couri v. O. 34 . Civil Rights andLand Expropriation 39 tenure and changed the system of selecting judges, the legislature and executive continued to treat the Court with disrespect. 7 The impression that the Court was the least important branch of government was further reinforced by the decision not to enact a constitution. Israel's Declaration of Independence of May 14, 1948 included an explicit commitment to establishing a constitutional legal regime. ' Yet, as it turned out, the Knesset never upheld this commitment and instead it adopted what is known as 'Harari Resolution,' according to which Israel's constitution would be enacted piecemeal through a series of Basic Laws.

Aware of its political weakness and of its low status in the eyes of its political masters, the early Court retreated into procedural guarantee ofthe rule oflaw. Literal reading of statutes and a focus on the law's requirements served a dual function in the legal culture of early Israel. On the one band, the formalistic stance which relegated all political and ethical considerations to another sphere enhanced the impression of autonomy of the judicial process and allowed the Court to establish its status in the Israeli polity and to generate respect for its decisions under the cast of 'strict objectivity' (Lahav 1990a).

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