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Majority Think 2nd Lockdown was Politically Motivated
Special Survey

Majority Think 2nd Lockdown was Politically Motivated

55 percent of Israelis believe that the second lockdown was solely or mainly politically motivated; The majority of the public continues to express confidence in Prof. Gamzu; Continued increase in public concern about the economy

 Haredim and Coronavirus: Policy Recommendations for Exit from Second Lockdown
Article

Haredim and Coronavirus: Policy Recommendations for Exit from Second Lockdown

IDI experts present analysis of recent behavior of the ultra-Orthodox sector and present recommendations for an exit strategy from the lockdown, to be applied in the coming weeks and months.

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Press Release

Zionism and Democracy Conference: Day 1

Twenty-five years after the assassination of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the Israel Democracy Institute, together with the Department of Zionist Enterprises in the World Zionist Organization, hosted a special conference focused on the unique relationship between Zionism and democracy in Israel and how the country is coping with threats to the values articulated in Declaration of Independence. 

 

 

25 Years After the Assassination of PM Yitzhak Rabin - Survey on Incitement
Special Survey

25 Years After the Assassination of PM Yitzhak Rabin - Survey on Incitement

Special IDI survey finds that 45% of Israelis believe another assassination is possible; large majorities of the leftwing voters, ultra-Orthodox and Arab Israelis see themselves as targets of incitement and 69% of the ultra-Orthodox believe that democracy is an essential component of Zionism

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The Ultra-Orthodox and the Corona Crisis: Briefing

IDI experts analyze recent behavior of the ultra-Orthodox sector and present recommendations for a staggered exit strategy from the lockdown.

Arab Students at Higher Risk - Survey
Press Release

Arab Students at Higher Risk - Survey

Upon the opening of the new academic year a special national survey conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute and the Aharon Institute for Economic Policy found 22% of Arab students are considering quitting or taking a break from their studies, compared to 10% of Jewish students.

Restrictions on Demonstrations: An International Comparison
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Restrictions on Demonstrations: An International Comparison

As democracies struggle with the balance between health restrictions and freedom of assembly, Israel has limited protests to a one kilometer radius from their homes during the country's lockdown. How does this compare to other democracies?

What Do You Do When there’s a Hole in the Boat?
Op-ed

What Do You Do When there’s a Hole in the Boat?

The handwriting was on the wall. Since the founding of the State, rabbis have served as middlemen between the government and the ultra-Orthodox. We must acknowledge that this approach has failed miserably.

At the Crossroads: The Ultra-Orthodox Community and Israeli Society
Op-ed

At the Crossroads: The Ultra-Orthodox Community and Israeli Society

The coronavirus crisis proves once again that the lives of all Israelis are intertwined with those of the ultra-Orthodox and the country cannot be sustained with an autonomy living behind closed walls. Without shared responsibility for public health - 'normal life' will not be possible the post-COVID-19 era

Violence against Protestors is the Result of a Deliberate Plan to Undermine the Police
Op-ed

Violence against Protestors is the Result of a Deliberate Plan to Undermine the Police

Instead of waging war on protesters, the government should be battling the virus.

The Complex Dissonance of Israel’s Hardalim
Op-ed

The Complex Dissonance of Israel’s Hardalim

Israeli secularism has largely abandoned the ideal of the “new Jew” in recent decades, but religious Zionism has remained fervently loyal to it

Protests vs. Prayers vs. Weddings
Op-ed

Protests vs. Prayers vs. Weddings

As the contentious debates about protests and prayers continues in Israel, we must recognize that there is no room for imposing unjustified restrictions on the basic rights of one group of citizens, simply because this will make it easier to impose justified restrictions on the basic rights of another

Legislation to Curb Protests is Unnecessary
Press Release

Legislation to Curb Protests is Unnecessary

IDI Leadership on Law Limiting Protests: "A Violation of the Most Basic Tenets of Democracy"

From Politics to a Holy War
Op-ed

From Politics to a Holy War

Political positions, ideologies and worldviews, support for the Prime Minister or opposition to him—have been transformed into religious beliefs - a dangerous development for the future of Israeli society

Most Israelis Support Suspending Demonstrations as Part of Lockdown
Special Survey

Most Israelis Support Suspending Demonstrations as Part of Lockdown

While a third of the Israeli public supports the current restrictions imposed by the government and an additional 29% support putting additional measures into effect, trust in the Prime Minister's handling of the crisis has fallen to a new low. Most Israelis also believe that mass demonstrations should be banned during the lockdown.

Only 27% of Israelis Trust PM Netanyahu to Lead Effort Against COVID-19
Press Release

Only 27% of Israelis Trust PM Netanyahu to Lead Effort Against COVID-19

New IDI survey: Only 27% trust PM Netanyahu to lead efforts against COVID-19. 32% support current government restrictions & 29% supporting additional measures. 61% of Jewish Israelis don't plan on attending any Yom Kippur services.

Cries of Protest vs. Cries of Prayer
Op-ed

Cries of Protest vs. Cries of Prayer

Protest is essential during lockdown. So is prayer. Even if freedom of expression is constitutionally ranked above communal prayer, tipping the scales between them undermines public confidence.

Peter Beinart’s Grotesque Utopia

Peter Beinart’s Grotesque Utopia

The false prophecy of “equality” and “one state” amounts to little more than taking the name of Yavneh in vain

"A Society without Culture is a Needy Society"
Press Release

"A Society without Culture is a Needy Society"

At a session of a conference on "Policy or Culture?” held by IDI and the Sapir Academic College, Minister Chili Tropper spoke of the need for culture to fortify society and not fall victim to divisive discourse

Peace Deals
Op-ed

Peace Deals

Bahrain and United Arab Emirates peace deals show Washington’s Arab-Israel ‘experts’ got it all wrong again

The Incapacitation of a Prime Minister: An Explainer
Article

The Incapacitation of a Prime Minister: An Explainer

Recent reports have surfaced regarding deliberations in the office of the Attorney General about the possibility of declaring the Prime Minister "Incapacitated".  An IDI expert explains

Appointments Now!
Op-ed

Appointments Now!

Senior governmental positions remain unfilled as political bickering has delayed appointments. Israeli law lays out a clear process for how such appointments must be made and the government should do so without further delay.

Israeli Tribalism Will Be the Death of Us
Op-ed

Israeli Tribalism Will Be the Death of Us

As Israel has grappled with the resurgence of COVID-19, tribalism has become more fierce as the country shifted from a state with a deep-seated sense of solidarity to a society in which the interests of one’s own sector comes first.

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Shana Tova from IDI!

This past year has been has been like no other in our history and the months ahead will be every bit as challenging. Nevertheless, we at IDI are confident in the future of Israel as we wish our friends around the world a safe, healthy and sweet new year.

Haredim - High Level of Distrust of Government Policies
Press Release

Haredim - High Level of Distrust of Government Policies

Dr. Gilad Malach, Director of IDI's Ultra-Orthodox in Israel program on MK Ya'acov Litzman's resignation from the Cabinet: "Indicative of a very strong sentiment among the ultra-Orthodox community where there is currently a high level of distrust of government policies." 

Israelis Pessimistic on the Country's Outlook but Hopeful on Peace with UAE
Israeli Voice Index

Israelis Pessimistic on the Country's Outlook but Hopeful on Peace with UAE

With the Jewish New Year approaching, Israelis are pessimistic on the country's outlook but hopeful on peace with UAE; 41% of Israelis think the upcoming year will be worse than the last; 68% of Israelis think that Israel will be heading to elections when the budget compromise between Likud and Blue and White expires in December.

On Democracy and the War against the High Court 
Op-ed

On Democracy and the War against the High Court 

Elections are an attempt, not always successful, to translate the voters’ wishes into a well-functioning and representative government - however no democracy anywhere in the world makes do with elections to a single institution as the only means for implementing democracy

The Israeli Voice Index – August 2020
Press Release

The Israeli Voice Index – August 2020

As Israelis approach the Jewish new year, they are skeptical about the country's collective mood but personally optimistic about the future. The Israeli public is also pleased about the expected treaty with the UAE and skeptical about the longevity of the government.

Working from Home: A Survey of Patterns and Attitudes
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Working from Home: A Survey of Patterns and Attitudes

One of the very few pieces of good news resulting from the corona crisis is the increase in people working from home (WFH). Unfortunately, workers from lower socioeconomic groups are not benefiting from this change.

Haredim Lose Faith in their Political Parties
Press Release

Haredim Lose Faith in their Political Parties

Ultra-Orthodox communities have been very critical of their political leaders for not advocating vigorously enough on their behalf at the beginning of the COVID crisis. Now, the ultra-Orthodox parties are at the forefront of the contentious demand to permit mass travel to Uman.