Facts about Israel: The StateThe Proclamation of the Establishment of the State of Israel, signed on 14 May 1948, constitutes the nation's credo.
THE STATE: Judiciary: The Court SystemThe independence of the judiciary is guaranteed by law.
THE STATE: Political StructureIsrael is a parliamentary democracy consisting of legislative, executive and judicial branches.
THE STATE: Israel Defense Forces (IDF)The IDF’s security objectives are to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State of Israel, deter all enemies, and curb all forms of terrorism that threaten daily life.
THE STATE: ElectionsElections are general, national, direct, equal, secret, and proportional.
THE STATE: Local GovernmentServices provided by local government include education, culture, health, social welfare, road maintenance, public parks, water, and sanitation.
THE STATE: Executive: The GovernmentThe executive authority of the state is the government (cabinet of ministers), charged with administering internal and foreign affairs, including security matters.
THE STATE: The Law of the Land28 Nov 2010The prevailing characteristic of the legal system is the large corpus of independent statutory and case law which has been evolving since 1948.
THE STATE: Law EnforcementIn common with police forces around the world, the task of Israel's police is to maintain the quality of life by fighting crime and assisting the authorities in carrying out the law.
THE STATE: Legislature: The KnessetThe Knesset (Israel's unicameral parliament) is the country's legislative body.