Despite reported tensions, discrimination and intolerance, Israelis say their personal situations are good. The 2015 Israeli Democracy Index also looks at governmental challenges and issues of freedom of expression.
Regarding the Nov. 18 vote on the state budget: The Israel Democracy Institute calls for cancelling the law by which governments fall apart (vote of no confidence) if state budgets are not passed. The current system negatively impacts the ability of members of Knesset to make sound decisions on behalf of the country, leads to corruption and members acting for personal and party gain.
What would former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion says about the state of democracy in Israel in 2015? And what would be Albert Einstein's opinion, if he was still around? Watch our video about the Israeli state of mind, based on the results of the Israeli Democracy Index 2015.
This month's peace index survey focused on the ongoing wave of terror attacks and how they are affecting the feelings and behaviors of the Israeli public. Overall, the study found a Jewish public that is tense but not hysterical.
In light of the difficult times Israel has faced in recent weeks, IDI researchers have penned a series of special articles centered on the need for democracy – always, and especially today. You are invited to read and share these pieces and join us in our quest to strengthen Israeli democracy.
IDI responds to MK Aryeh Deri's resignation from the Economy Ministry, calls it, "a symptom of a governmental system that must undergo several structural changes in order to create long-term stability."
IDI's Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and Dr. Amir Fuchs call on lawmakers to oppose a bill that would give more prominence to traditional Jewish law (Mishpat Ivri) in the Israeli legal system than it currently has. Read the full article on the Haaretz website (premium)
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.