This month's Peace Index poll covers refusal to follow orders in the IDF, the threat of the Islamic State, attitudes towards peace negotiations, perceptions of the outcome of Operation Protective Edge, predictions for personal and national changes in the new year, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After IDI convened an emergency meeting to address the sharp escalation of tension between Jews and Arab, the participating Jewish and Arab thinkers and leaders signed an open letter condemning violence and committing to working toward equal citizenship.
In an op-ed published in the Jerusalem Post in the midst of Operation Protective Edge, IDI President Yohanan Plesner stresses that Israel's adherence to international law is not a source of weakness, but rather one of its greatest strengths.
After hundreds of people protested outside the wedding of Morel Malka and Mahmoud Mansour, IDI's Rabbi Dr. Benjamin (Benny) Lau shared his thoughts on marrying out and the tension between Judaism and democracy in Israel.
During the recent war, the Israel Broadcasting Authority rejected the broadcast of an infomercial in which the names of Gazan children killed in the conflict would have been read aloud. In an op-ed in Haaretz, Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer discusses the High Court of Justice's decision not to overturn this rejection.
What is the role of the Knesset Ethics Committee? Why did it suspend MK Hanin Zoabi for statements she made about the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teenagers and about Operation Protective Edge? IDI researcher Assaf Shapira provides background information.
As MK Elazar Stern's legislation on conversion is in the news, find out about the legislation drafted by IDI and ITIM: Resources and Advocacy for Jewish Life to create a legal framework for state conversions and address the crisis of conversion in Israel.
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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