Tunisia’s draft constitution may ban ties with Israel

18.07.2011                      16.Tammus, 5771


Tunisia's draft constitution may ban ties with Israel

Some officials reportedly want clause removed, but face stiff opposition from Islamist parties, Arab nationalists, extreme leftist factions.

Tunisia is struggling to map out its post-revolutionary future, but early signs indicate the diminutive Mediterranean state may be falling short of hopes it could serve as a regional model for good governance.
In October, Tunisians will elect a new government and choose whether to adopt a presidential or parliamentary system. But a constitutional draft completed earlier this month expressly prohibits normalization of ties with Israel, while upholding support of the Palestinians as state policy and enshrining Islam as the country's official religion….