In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in political personalization in Israel - the rise of the individual in parallel to the demise of the group or party. Virtual media and social networks have played a role in increasing this dangerous, nondemocratic phenomenon. Why? How?
Dr. Tehilla Schwartz Altshuler argues that the main reason the coup in Turkey fizzled is not because of Erdogan’s FaceTime message, but because he had been anticipating this putsch for quite a few years and had arranged the entire legal apparatus that governs the relationship between the Turkish government and the media accordingly.
“This bill turns the parliament, a political body, into investigator, judge and jury, on the basis of a vague legal provision,” explained IDI President Yohanan Plesner and Vice Presidents of Research Prof. Yedidia Stern and Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer in a statement.
(Photo translation: MK Expulsion Bill: A Blow to Israeli Democracy)
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s approval by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot of Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim as the new IDF Chief Rabbi, the Israel Democracy Institute’s Yair Sheleg, head of the center’s Religion and State Program, said there is no doubt that the problem with the appointment.
No aspect of the current Western Wall plaza arrangement, in which the Orthodox maintain a monopoly, will change if other denominations are allowed to pray at the foot of the Temple Mount in a new plaza.
A second meeting of the caucus for strengthening the stature of the Knesset led by MK Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid) with participation of MKs from all factions. Discussion focused on private-member legislation, which is brought before the Knesset at a higher rate than among most Western countries.
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.