Israel has no written, complete constitution. It has, however, a constitutional system based on a series of basic laws and jurisprudence that permitted the country to overcome its difficulties during the more than six stormy decades that followed its establishment. The state had to solve crucial problems, political and legal, in order to provide its heterogeneous population with a regime that was adequate to the twenty-first century and that was proper for a state young as an independent entity but representative of the aspirations of an ancient nation. This nation consolidated around a religion that had a seminal influence on Western thought.