Opposition party slams ‘anti-Zionist’ government for downplaying Declaration of Independence

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

The opposition leading Yesh Atid party says that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is destroying Israel’s founding principles, after the private attorney representing the government in today’s High Court of Justice hearing questioned the country’s “hasty” Declaration of Independence.

In a post on X, Yesh Atid accuses the government’s representative of “going against the Declaration of Independence.”

“There is no clearer proof that there is an anti-Zionist, anti-Israeli, anti-democratic government in Israel that will burn the pages of history and blacken the founders of the state, all for despicable political considerations,” the party continues.

Minutes earlier, Ilan Bombach, the lawyer representing the government, questioned the authority of the Declaration of Independence, considered a guiding document but lacking in legal standing.

“Because 37 people were authorized to sign the hasty Declaration of Independence, which at the last moment was still in draft stage, this should bind people who came later?” Bombach asked the court.

“Would it be conceivable that people who were never elected, these 37 people, the members of the Provisional Council, unwittingly created a document for us called a constitution and would bind all future generations? It is unthinkable,” Bombach continued.

Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure:
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.