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Israel Democracy Institute Experts to the Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee: “The only way to return to normal routine is through regulation and by encouraging the use of locally-developed apps in malls, workplaces and in educational institutions"

What's A Commission of Inquiry? Explainer
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What's A Commission of Inquiry? Explainer

Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced the establishment of a government Commission of Inquiry to investigate the 'Submarine Affair.' Dr. Dana Blander, a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, explains the differences between Israel's various types of commissions of inquiry.

Large Majority Think IDF Should Manage Coronavirus Crisis 
Special Survey

Large Majority Think IDF Should Manage Coronavirus Crisis 

A special survey reveals that the public perceives the IDF as a skilled army and is prepared to face major military threats

 Israelis Wary about Partaking in First Round of Vaccinations
Special Survey

Israelis Wary about Partaking in First Round of Vaccinations

This survey is the fourteenth in a special series examines the public attitudes towards government policies relating to the coronavirus outbreak and to the economic fallout from the pandemic

Women’s Service in the IDF: Between a ‘People’s Army’ and Gender Equality
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Women’s Service in the IDF: Between a ‘People’s Army’ and Gender Equality

Over the years and especially in recent decades, the concept of gender equality has also become relevant to the discussion of military service, and more and more roles have been opened up to women serving in the IDF. Dr. Idit Shafran Gittleman presents an overview of 70 years of women in the IDF.

Transitions Between Religious Groups among Israeli Jews: Abstract 
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Transitions Between Religious Groups among Israeli Jews: Abstract 

This study provides first-ever reliable estimate of the rate and scope of transitions into and out of the ultra-Orthodox community; an analysis made possible thanks to innovative methodology and a rich dataset. 

 

70% of Jewish Israelis: A Second Trump  is Preferable for Israel’s Interests
Israeli Voice Index

70% of Jewish Israelis: A Second Trump is Preferable for Israel’s Interests

When it comes to the their country's interests, Israelis increasingly think that Donald Trump is the preferable US presidential candidate.

Yitzhak’s Blood Cries Out to us from the Ground
Op-ed

Yitzhak’s Blood Cries Out to us from the Ground

Although 25 years have passed since that terrible night - the mourning for a murdered prime minister, assassinated out of political and religious motives, must never fade away and must never be forgotten

Reimagining Democracy Highlights
Press Release

Reimagining Democracy Highlights

The Israel Democracy Institute held the first day of the inaugural "Reimagining Democracy" conference - in commemoration of the late Prof. Yaron Ezrahi. The sessions focused on the future of the relationship between the branches of government and the increasing tension between them.

Ultra-Orthodox Non-Compliance Rests on Fear
Op-ed

Ultra-Orthodox Non-Compliance Rests on Fear

In the second wave of the pandemic it seems that many ultra-Orthodox rabbis are assigning higher priority to 'customer retention' than to the clear halakhic imperative to preserve health and life

An Organized Civil Disobedience Campaign
Op-ed

An Organized Civil Disobedience Campaign

Rabbi Kanievsky’s decision to disregard the law and open ultra-Orthodox schools is the first time in Israeli history that we are seeing something that approaches a call for mass civil disobedience orchestrated by a key public figure.

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
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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.

Zionism and Democracy Conference: Day 2
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Zionism and Democracy Conference: Day 2

“Polarity in Israeli society has never been worse” says Chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu Party, MK Avigdor Liberman at two-day conference on the relationship between Zionism and Democracy commemorating 25 Years after the assassination of PM Yitzhak Rabin

 

The Ultra-Orthodox and the Corona Crisis: Briefing
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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.

Zionism and Democracy Conference: Day 1
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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 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

Arab Students at Higher Risk - Survey
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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
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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
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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