Are changes in Israeli society changing the nature of Israeli soldiers and the values that motivate them? Should expressions of religious belief have been included in a command letter during Operation Protective Edge? Should the Jewish nature of the State of Israel impact the ethos of the IDF? These questions were discussed at an IDI Roundtable on Monday October 20th.
IDI Vice President Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer addresses the question of the appropriateness of the letter that Givati Brigade commander Col.Ofer Winter sent to his subordinate officers as Israel prepared for the ground incursion in Gaza in the summer of 2014.
Prof. Yedidia Stern and Prof. Avi Sagi explore existential, social, and economic dimensions of the Shmita year, and advocate bringing together social, moral, cultural, religious and national forces to implement the idea of Shmita in non-agricultural and national contexts.
IDI Vice President Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer argues that by breaching their responsibility to be impartial, the UN Human Rights Council and the Schabas Commission investigating alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza are betraying international law, even if unintentionally.
What criteria must the caliphates of the Islamic State meet in order to be considered a State under international law? How might the answer to this question impact the policy choices available to the international community? Find out from this analysis by IDI experts on terrorism and democracy.
Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler discusses the challenges to transparency in the budgets of Israel's local authorities, including the need to make budgets accessible, to enable searches within budgets, and to facilitate comparisons between the budgets of different authorities.
Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler presents a brief overview of the Israeli High Court of Justice's decision to strike down Amendment No. 4 of the Prevention of Infiltration Law, and explores several themes that may be of comparative constitutional interest.
On September 6–8, 2014, members of IDI's International Advisory Council, Board of Directors, and distinguished guests gathered at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University to discuss the critical challenges facing Israeli democracy at the present time.
A groundbreaking anthology that explores the complex relationship between religious traditions and the liberal doctrine of human rights that uses Israel as a test case and examines the interaction between religion and human rights from various angles. Available for purchase or free download in its entirety (English).
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In an article on the turning over of rockets found in a UN school to Hamas-affiliated authorities, Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer said such a transfer was either "extremely foolish" or "intentionally evil."
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