Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s current government is far less polarized and more right-wing than any of the last three governments of Israel. For this reason, it was expected that its first 100 days would yield results. In an extensive interview, IDI President Yohanan Plesner asserts that in this amount of time, there should have been a new strategic plan for the State of Israel that could drive the work of the executive branch for the next four years and explains that unless there is significant political reform, it will be impossible to advance any significant goals for the State of Israel. Read more in the Jerusalem Post
Dr. Friedman explores the reasons behind the rabbinate's decline, arguing that the "trend towards privatization of religious services heralds not only the death of the rabbinate – it creates a de-facto separation between religion and the state."
IDI President Yohanan Plesner writes that while democracy may be considered a fragile regime that has difficulties coping with extremism, there are still powerful means in the democratic toolbox that can and must be utilized to deal with the threats of homegrown terrorism and hatred of the "other", which can undermine Israel's character as a democratic state.
Minister Danny Danon's appointment as Israel's Ambassador to the UN paves the way for Sharren Haskel to enter the Knesset. Once she is sworn in, the representation of women in the Knesset will pass the threshold of 30 seats – 25% of all Knesset members – and Israel will move up to 62nd place in international rankings of women's representation in parliament. IDI's policy paper on the representation of women in Israeli politics sheds light on the significance of these trends and developments. Read the English summary
Professor Yedidia Stern argues that the question of how we should relate to the Temple Mount is more complex than any other issue on Israel's public agenda. Discussing this question poses a serious challenge, which must be approached with the utmost sensitivity.
In an interview with Voice of Israel radio, IDI President Yohanan Plesner explains why electoral reforms are necessary to increase government stability and to empower governments to implement their agendas.
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.