Amnon Rubinstein is an Israeli journalist and lawyer considered to be the father of Israeli constitutional law. In 1974 Rubinstein founded Shinui (The Centre Party), which advocated free enterprise, electoral reform and the formulation of a written constitution. In 1992 Shinui joined with Mapam (United Workers’ Party) and CRM (Civil Rights Movement) to form Meretz. Rubinstein served in the Knesset for 25 years in a variety of positions, including membership of the Knesset committees on security and foreign relations, finance, economics and law. His bestselling book Israel and the Family of Nations, which Rubinstein wrote with Dr Alex Jacobson, methodically analyses the conceptual and legal foundations for Israel to be both a Jewish and a democratic state.