IDI President Dr. Arye Carmon and Vice Presidents Profs. Yedidia Z. Stern and Mordechai Kremnitzer warn that the Shaked Committee's proposal for regulating ultra-Orthodox military service is not smart and not constitutional.
The Governance Law raises the electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%. IDI Researcher Dr. Ofer Kenig asserts that while there is nothing wrong with a moderate increase, increasing the electoral threshold so dramatically, in a single step, will cause a great deal of damage.
IDI's monthly Peace Index survey indicates that a majority of Israelis will accept results of a peace referendum even if they personally differ. 74% of Israeli Jews believe that the US is applying more pressure on Israel than on the Palestinians and that 64% do not trust Kerry on security.
On March 9, 2014, IDI presented a preliminary draft of a Declaration of Human Dignity, which has been produced under the auspices of its Israel Speaks Human Dignity initiative, to President Shimon Peres, who has extended his patronage over the project.
IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Yedidia Stern warns that the Shaked Committee's recommendation to grant permanent exemptions from military service to ultra-Orthodox men of draft age during a three year "adjustment period" is both inequitable and ineffective.
Should the State of Israel recognize "Israeli" as a nationality rather than defining citizens as Jewish, Arab, and Druze? IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Stern and Jay Ruderman assert that it is imperative for the State of Israel to continue distinguishing between citizenship and nationality.
On March 5, 2014, IDI conferred its Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2013 to MK Amram Mitzna and MK Michal Rozin at a ceremony at the Knesset, which took place in the presence of Speaker Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein.
While sign language is accepted as a language throughout the Western world, until recently, people who communicate through sign language were forced to marry in a different way than other people in Israel. Now available in both Hebrew and English, this responsum by IDI's Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau changed that reality.
Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer explains the importance of the fifth meeting of the Police and Society Forum, which was dedicated to the question of partnership and transparency in the relationship between the Israel Police and Arab society.
In testimony before the Knesset Law, Constitution, and Justice Committee, Amir Fuchs argued that the Bill to Fight Terror anchors into law inappropriate regulations from the time of the British Mandate.