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Knesset Ponders Draft Constitution

Knesset Ponders Draft Constitution

Shopping malls in Israel would be closed on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays, but public transportation would run and cultural events would be open if the Knesset adopts a draft constitution based on compromises with the major parties in Israel.

"We suggest shutting down commerce, industry and shopping malls on the Sabbath," Arye Carmon, president of the Israel Democracy Institute told reporters here Monday. "We would open cultural programs and libraries and movies and restaurants, as well as public transportation in a limited way."

Carmon insisted that a constitution is something that is "essential" for Israel’s future and noted that all of the major parties have agreed to work toward ratifying one. He said the draft would be given next week to the Knesset Constitution Committee for use as a guide. Once in place, he said, it would resolve many issues, such as the role and power of Israel’s Supreme Court.

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