Israel's definition as a Jewish and democratic state is under direct attack, both by the recent knife attacks and the burning of a home with a child still in his crib, simply because of hatred of “the Other”.
All this happened just last week as we commemorated the fast of the 9th of Av. These events call for action; something must be done. It is not enough to rely on words and rallies (though both are important); it is not enough to arrest the perpetrators and develop a tough enforcement policy (which does not currently exist). There must be a long-term education process to imbue the Israeli public with devotion to ensuring civil equality for all, unconditionally, and with an unwavering commitment towards the rule of law.
Right and left, religious and secular, Arab and Jew: In Israel’s Declaration of Independence, we promised ourselves and the world that we would behave in an egalitarian manner towards all our citizens. We can only uphold this promise if we have a true belief in the rule of law. This democratic imperative is the breath of Israel's soul.
In a Hebrew article in The Marker, Israel's leading journal of economic affairs, IDI President Yohanan Plesner outlines the need for political reform, explaining: "A continuation of the current political instability would constitute a strategic threat to the Israeli economy”.
This groundbreaking overview of the situation of conversion in Israel presents, for the first time, full data about conversion in Israel, analyzes the achievements and failures of the government's conversion policy, and recommends ways to promote conversion in Israel.
Journalistic confidentiality is not protected under Israeli law, although it has received some protection from the courts. This policy paper provides recommendations for systematic regulation of journalistic privilege in Israel.
In response to the International Criminal Court decision to reopen the investigation into the events of the Mavi Marmara, Prof. Amichai Cohen issued a legal opinion that raises questions regarding the rationale of the decision.
The Israeli government's decision to cancel the previous government's conversion reform will perpetuate a situation in which hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens who see themselves as Jews are prevented from being officially recognized as such. Read IDI's proposal for a State Conversion Bill.
In advance of the 2015 Knesset elections, IDI compiled a booklet of recommendations on how to reduce tension between religion and state in Israel for Israeli policy-makers, based on its extensive research over the years.