Surveys: 50 Years Since the Six-Day War

The Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research (then the Guttman Center) carried out a series of surveys just before, during and after the Six-Day War.
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The Israel Democracy Institute criticizes decision to reduce search committees for public service employees from 5 to 3 and says discussions of allowing additional political appointees ‘will harm the professional ethos of the public service’

IDI President Yohanan Plesner said of this latest development: “While one hand in the government is taking significant steps to diminish regulation and improve human resources in the public service, the other hand is harming these efforts.
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The Israel Democracy Institute Prior to Deliberations on a Knesset Proposal to Impose Sanctions on Non-Attendance at Parliamentary Committee Meetings:

'An important move that must be applied only to civil servants'
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The Israel Democracy Institute Ahead of Deliberations on Removing Tax Benefits from Human Rights Organizations:

‘Harming freedom of expression while deciding who is in favor and against the state for political reasons’
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Israel Democracy Institute: The Only Solution to the Crisis in the Kosher Certification Market is Privatization and Forming an Administrative Kosher Certification Authority

Scholar says the Chief Rabbinate’s proposal is 'no more than a cosmetic change that will cause more harm than good'
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The Israel Democracy Institute Ahead of Sunday’s Deliberations on the Amendment to the Bill on Public Broadcasting:

‘Historic, unfixable damage; the new bill will lead to cutting a third of the news budget for personal caprice’
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How's It Going?

Ahead of Israel Independence Day, IDI and Tel Aviv University Peace Index offers a statistical snapshot of how Israelis feel about life in Israel
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In Advance of Knesset vote on Israel Broadcasting Corporation, IDI calls on Ministers and MKs:

‘Do not lend your hand to this campaign of vengeance, these capricious amendments and inappropriate personal legislation’
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IDI Scholar on the Supreme Court Decision to Allow Several Supermarkets and Entertainment Establishments to Operate on Shabbat in Tel Aviv: ‘The Knesset is paralyzed, resulting in legal chaos’

“Instead of devising agreements through consensus on the matter of ‘resting on Shabbat’ as we do on other topics, we have a state of legal and procedural chaos,” explained Dr. Shuki Friedman. “It’s a situation of each man for himself.”
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IDI Scholars: 'Gender-Separate Classrooms Could Enable More Ultra-Orthodox Students to Attain Higher Education Degrees'

In the coming weeks, members of the Council of Higher Education will vote on expanding gender-separated classrooms for ultra-Orthodox on academic campuses.
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IDI's Malach: 'Kahlon Net Family Plan Could Give a Boost to Haredi Middle Class, Too'

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s Net Family Plan could give a boost to the haredi middle class, which has been developing over the last several years, by increasing the incentive for haredim to seek a higher education and for both parents to work.
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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked: 'Legislation is like medicine'

At joint Israel Democracy Institute-Makor Rishon conference, ministers also addressed chemical weapons tragedy in Syria.
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If Elections Were Held Tomorrow, Israelis Would Select a Right-of-Center Government

Latest Peace Index: Trump’s White House invitation to Abbas not viewed as negative toward Israel; Israelis believe chances of Israeli-Syrian war low
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IDI Responds to Deal Resolving Dispute over Public Broadcasting

IDI President Yohanan Plesner and Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler call on members of Knesset, as public servants, as well as other watchdogs, to oppose the new framework
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10 Past Ministers Come Out Against Changes to Public Broadcasting Law

Ministers from parties ranging from National Religious to Meretz say they support the complete separation of politics and media
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Ultra-Orthodox Employment Levels Cease Increasing

The percentage of ultra-Orthodox men who work remained stagnant in 2016 for the first time after a consistent upturn over the past several years, according to a new report by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
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IDI Ahead of the Vote on the V-15 Bill

‘The bill sets an extremist and dim precedent, which casts a shadow of harsh limitations on freedom of expression’
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The Israel Democracy Institute and the Injaz Center for Professional Arab Local Governance Present: Arab Political Leadership in Israel

The Israel Democracy Institute, in cooperation with the Injaz Center, conducted a conference on Wednesday, February 28, about Israel's Arab citizens and the State of Israel.
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IDI’s Forum of Former Ministers: ‘Make Professionalism of High Court Nominees Top Priority’

The Israel Democracy Institute’s Forum of Former Ministers issued a statement recommending that the Judicial Selection Committee consider that professional qualifications be of foremost importance when selecting judges. For a full list of recommendations, click here.
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Dr. Shuki Friedman: 'New Kashrut Model Must Put an End to Chief Rabbinate's Monopoly'

“The Israeli kashrut system is simply bad,” said Dr. Shuki Friedman, Director of the Israel Democracy Institute's Center for Religion, Nation and State, in response to a deliberation earlier today by Israel's Supreme Court on the issue of the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly on kosher certification.
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50% of Jewish public Hesitant to Expand Settlement Construction, Even with Trump at Helm

Latest Peace Index: 53% of Jewish Israelis oppose annexing territories.
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Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) Leaders Say ‘In Favor’ of Initiative to Limit Private Legislation and Raise Oversight Power of Members of Knesset

IDI President Yohanan Plesner: ‘This initiative is a step in the right direction and is essential for Israeli democracy. However, the notion of conducting hearings for appointments to top positions is potentially extremely harmful. Thus, its details – and necessity – must be further explored.’
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Israel Democracy Institute Scholars on the Proposal to Enable Religious Courts to Arbitrate on Civil Matters: ‘A Good and Balanced Proposal’

Ahead of vote on a bill that would enable religious courts to conduct arbitration with the agreement of both parties, similar to the arbitration that takes place in other frameworks, a policy statement sent to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation asks the committee to support the legislation.
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Professor Eytan Sheshinski joins the Israel Democracy (IDI) Institute as a Senior Researcher in the Center for Governance and the Economy

Top Israeli economist has joined IDI as a senior researcher in the Center for Governance and the Economy, under the leadership of Dafna Aviram-Nitzan.
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Dr. Shuki Friedman: Religious Status Quo is Dead

IDI scholar responds to High Court deliberations on changes to Shabbat ordinance in Tel Aviv.
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IDI in the Media: 'Facebook Bill'

Dozens of media outlets quoted Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler on the 'Facebook Bill.'
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‘Zero Tolerance Approach to Terrorism’

At IDI roundtable, Facebook official explains inner workings of social network’s oversight system.
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IDI President Responds to Advancement of V-15 Bill

Israel Democracy Institute President Yohanan Plesner said that the V-15 proposal is intended to answer a real need. However, the bill that was advanced today is un-careful and fraught with weaknesses and material defects.
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Israel Democracy Institute Scholar Responds to High Court Deliberations on the 'Agunah of Safed'

Dr. Shuki Friedman, Director of the Israel Democracy Institute’s Center for Nation, Religion and State: 'This is an attempt to intimidate rabbinical judges.'
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Arabs & Jews Agree: Trump will be Friendly toward Israel

The latest Peace Index, published by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, found that some 69% of Jewish Israelis expect Trump’s attitude toward Israel to be friendly. The Arab public (74%) agrees with the assessment that Trump will be friendly toward Israel.
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IDI in the Media on Elor Azaria

IDI was quoted in nearly 500 articles connected to the Elor Azaria verdict, including interviews with Yohanan Plesner, Yedidia Stern, Mota Kremnitzer, Amichai Cohen, Tamar Hermann and Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler. We reached a potential 403 million individuals, through coverage in 28 countries and 42 states, plus Washington, D.C.
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The Post that was Never Written

This is what the prime minister of Israel should have posted on his Facebook page following the conviction of Sgt. Elor Azaria, the “Hebron Shooter” who shot and killed an incapacitated terrorist…
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Elor Azaria: Statement by IDI President Plesner

'Regardless of the conviction of Elor Azaria, the public response to the incident reveals a deep fracture in Israeli society. A significant part of the Israeli public does not identify with the IDF’s code of ethics and its interpretation in practice by army officers.'
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The Israel Democracy Institute Ahead of Deliberations on the V-15 Bill

The bill is full of unclear definitions, reflects un-careful behavior constitutionally, could harm freedom of political expression; private contributions shouldn’t be limited, rather there should be a ceiling on expenses.
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NGO Bill Passes: IDI Scholar Dr. Amir Fuchs Reacts

'Despite the many changes that have been made to the bill, largely due to the opposition of many coalition MKs that did not want to harm human rights organizations, the bill is still not a good one, it will not improve transparency, and it has no precedent in the Western World.'
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IDI Releases 2016 Israeli Democracy Index

Significant drop in public trust in government institutions and politicians; tension between Jews and Arabs is most serious point of friction; most Israelis are proud of being Israeli
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Peace Index: Israeli Jews Split Over Regulation Bill; 56% Support Mosque Bill

Latest survey finds 50% of Israelis believe Donald Trump will favor Israel over Palestinians.
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Head of IDF’s Personnel Directorate says Freeze in Negotiations for Goldin, Shaul

Topolansky, Head of IDF’s Personnel Directorate, says after two years of negotiations with Hamas, IDF unable to redeem bodies of Goldin, Shaul.
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‘Unacceptable:’ IDI Scholars React to imminent Passage of Regulation Law

‘Could erode the entire legal underpinning of settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria.’
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IDI Scholars’ Statement Ahead of Tomorrow’s Discussion on V-15 Bill

Ahead of V15 bill discussion, Israel Democracy Institute scholars sent a policy statement to members of the special committee legislating the bill, recommending a moderated version that would include transparency, but would cancel the limitations on non-party organizations that appear in the bill.
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Peace Index: 62% of Israelis Predict Clinton Will Win U.S. Election

When Jewish Israelis were asked which U.S. presidential candidate would be better for Israel from the standpoint of the Israeli government’s policy, the Jewish public thinks Trump (38.5%) will be better than Clinton (33%).
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IDI Praises MK Ayelet Shaked: Time to Reduce Private Legislation

The Israel Democracy Institute praises Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who at the Israel Bar Association conference in Tel Aviv on Aug. 31 railed against overregulation and over-legislation.
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Palestinian-Israeli Pulse: Low Chances for an Independent Palestinian State in the Next 5 Years

Survey shows only small majority of Israelis and Palestinians support a two-state solution and that Israelis and Palestinians do not trust each other.
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IDI’s Gilad Malach Comes Out Against Decision to Recognize Rabbinical Studies as Academic Degree

‘Creating equivalency between academic and Torah studies cheapens the skills required for public service,’ asserts IDI's Director of Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel Program.
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Monthly Peace Index: IDF should Espouse Pluralistic and Open Value System

Sixty-nine percent of Jewish Israelis believe it is good for the IDF to espouse a pluralist and open value system, including accepting “others,” such as members of the LGBT community.
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IDI President Plesner Responds to Liberman's Rebuke of Army Radio

Following Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s rebuke of the Commander of Army Radio, Yaron Deckel, IDI President states that comparison between Mahmoud Darwish and Adolf Hitler is '…yet another gross example of cheapening the memory of the Holocaust.'
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As MK Expulsion Bill is Brought for Third And Fourth Reading...

IDI leadership says the bill 'harms the principles of separation of powers and freedom of expression, as well as the relationship between the State of Israel and its Arab minority.'
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Head of IDI’s Religion and State Program: ‘It Should be Forbidden to Appoint Rabbis to Senior Posts who Copy-and-Paste Laws from Biblical Times and Apply them to Today’

IDI's Yair Sheleg states that religious viewpoints should be rooted in Torah, but they must be explained in a modern context, which is quite different than the world that once was.
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'The Mikveh Bill Harms the very Ethos of the State of Israel as a State for all Jews,’ IDI Researcher Yair Sheleg

In advance of Wednesday’s discussion in the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee on the Mikveh Bill, the head of IDI’s Religion and State program sent a policy paper to committee MKs, asking them to vote against the bill.
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55% of the Jewish Public Prefers Continued Israeli Rule Over the Palestinians

The latest Peace Index explores the public's positions on the ramifications of the Six-Day War, which will commemorate its 50th anniversary next year. The war took place between June 5 and June 10, 1967.
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IDI's Lurie Applauds Move by A-G Mandelblit to Publish Schedule of Meetings

The Israel Democracy Institute welcomed the decision by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to publish his schedule of meetings. Dr. Guy Lurie said the move will allow the public to differentiate between issues that are and are not central on the A-G's agenda.
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Hosts the Israel Democracy Institute's Forum of Former Ministers

Forum of Former Ministers met with President Rivlin at his home in Jerusalem. During the meeting, the forum presented the president with an overview of their last six months of activities, since it was established.
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38% of C-Suite Businesspeople Don't Believe the Business Press is Truly Independent

An Israel Democracy Institute survey of 76 top Israeli businesspeople, shared during the final session of IDI's Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society, showed that only 59 percent believe the Israeli business press is truly independent.
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Bank of Israel's Karnit Flug: 'Ensure More Ultra-Orthodox Males Receive a Complete Secular Education'

Israel's GDP is 40 percent lower than that of the U.S. and its level of productivity is 33% less than most OECD countries, according to a presentation by Dr. Karnit Flug, governor of the Bank of Israel.
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Innovation in the Public Sector: Dream or Reality?

First day of IDI's 23rd annual Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society concludes with a call for government, public sector to trail-blaze.
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Minister Shaked: 'When a Minister is Elected, He Has to Lay the Railroad Tracks, Not Just Drive the Engine'

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked used her platform at IDI's Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society to define good governance.
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MK Moshe Gafni: 'Economic Gap in Israel is Growing'

First session of IDI's Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society highlights Ministry of Finance strategic plan, need for improved public transportation, increased housing supply and better education and employment opportunities for Arabs, ultra-Orthodox.
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Israel Democracy Institute's First-Ever Economic Survey

Findings show Israelis largely satisfied with their economic situations; level of education closely tied to level of economic anxiety.
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Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug, Ministry of Finance Director-General Shai Babad to Headline Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy & Society

Israel Democracy Institute's leading economic conference will focus on integrating innovation into the government, actuarial crisis, and role of business press, among other topics.
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Statement by IDI President Yohanan Plesner on the Advancement of the Mikveh Bill

Following today's advancement of the Mikveh Bill by the Knesset Plenum, IDI President said, 'The Mikveh Bill is not worthy of being included in the laws of Israel.'
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Tzav Giyur: A Coalition Promoting Conversion in Israel

As Israel approaches the festival of Shavuot, which commemorates Ruth's decision to join the Jewish people, IDI has joined a new forum established to promote conversion in Israel.
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