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Ultra-Orthodox Education for Boys

Secular studies should be incorporated into the curriculum in ultra-Orthodox schools for boys, says Dr. Gilad Malach. It is vital to the future of Israeli economy and society and can be done without compromising Torah study.

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Vocational Training


Vocational training in Israel used to be a success story, but lack of funding and management has severely compromised its effectiveness. Dr. Eitan Regev explains how this in turn impairs productivity and wages and what should be done to improve this important program.

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Improving the Work of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is one of the most important ministerial committees in Israel but is not required to function in a transparent manner - it is time to change that.

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The Future of the Labor Market

The labor market is undergoing dramatic changes - is Israel ready?

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How Do We Choose Judges in Israel?

How are judges appointed in Israel? Who sits on the committee? And why is it so important to maintain the balance between judicial independence and democratic accountability in the appointing process? Tune in to learn more with Dr. Guy Lurie

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2018 Israeli Democracy Index

The new reality in Israel in 2018 is complicated. The Israeli public is divided into two political blocs—the Right and the Center-Left- and they are at odds with each other in their understanding of the essence of democracy. Nevertheless, it seems that the many Israelis who define themselves as “Centrist” may take on the new task of identifying a common denominator between these two groups.

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Culture Loyalty Law

In response to a proposal by the Minister of Culture to make government funding of the arts contingent on a ministerial assessment of loyalty to the state, a number of Israeli cultural icons came together to illustrate the absurdity of the proposal.

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Israel Must Return to a Two-Bloc System!

The current parliamentary system in Israel is not too different from what happens at tenant meetings; it's almost impossible for decisions to be reached. With no clear majority, everyone looks out for their own narrow interests. The two largest political parties in Israel combined, don't even make up half of the seats in the Knesset, making Israeli politics a battlefield for the advancement of narrow sectorial interests. It's impossible to run a state like this!

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In the coming elections, Israel must return to a two-bloc system!

In wake of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's surprise resignation yesterday, the country seems headed to elections. We must put an end to this political instability. This is not a question of left vs. right: establishing a system with two large political parties will encourage both to move closer to the center and represent the interests of Israeli society as a whole

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IDI Regulatory Roadmap for Investors

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and her team at IDI set out 18 months ago to resolve some of the heavy bureaucratic and regulatory burden with which the business sector must contend when establishing new manufacturing plants and doing business in Israel. The result is the “Regulatory One-Stop-Shop for Investors”, which was adopted in August 2018 by the government to improve the ease of doing business in Israel.

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Reinventing the Start-Up Nation's Labor Laws

There is a glaring gap between the tremendous promise of Israel’s innovating workforce and the antiquated laws that constrain its productivity. In this video, IDI Senior Fellow Prof. Yotam Margalit proposes a series of changes to Israeli labor law, including new mechanisms for flexible working arrangements that will benefit both employers and employees.

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Sharing Working Spaces: Jews and Arabs

Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya’s research finds that shared work spaces in Israel benefit both Jews and Arabs alike. Moreover, working together reduces alienation, erodes stereotypes, and contributes to the Israeli economy.

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The Override Clause and Gender Equality in the IDF

Alice Miller describes how the High Court of Justice helped change women’s military service and improve gender equality in the IDF

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The Override Clause and Equality in Schools

Attorney Yoav Laloum relates how by petitioning the High Court of Justice he was able to stop ethnic separation in ultra-Orthodox educational institutions

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The Override Clause and Special Needs Children

Ilil Leder, relates how she was able to achieve equality in education for her daughter and all special needs children with the help of the High Court of Justice

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The Override Clause and Shielding School Classrooms

Batya Katar describes how she was able to make the state allocate the necessary budget to shield classrooms against rockets through the intervention of the High Court of Justice

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Regulatory Roadmap for Investors

 The “Regulatory Roadmap for Investors” was initiated against the backdrop of the heavy bureaucratic and regulatory burden with which the business sector must contend when establishing new manufacturing plants and doing business in Israel.

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Watch the Construction of the Democracy Pavilion in 60 Seconds

Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality: "The establishment of the Democracy Pavilion is an impressive demonstration of Israeli democracy. Only in a democratic society can freedom and tolerance co-exist. This is what allows the opposing sectors of Israeli society to live side by side." The Democracy Pavilion is located at the start of the Independence Trail in Tel Aviv and is open to the public free of charge. 

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You can’t prepare a Nation State law the way you make a pizza!

The nation state law is the "identity law" of the state, and this will have a revolutionary significance, since democracy is not mentioned in it.

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How to battle government corruption?

In recent years we have seen one Prime Minister, several ministers and numerous mayors charged and convicted on corruption. But most people enter politics for idealistic reasons and with good intentions. So what went wrong? 

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Data Israel

In Honor of Israel's 70th Anniversary The Guttman Center for Public Opinion Research and Policy at the Israel Democracy Institute Is Launching “Data-Israel”: The largest and most encompassing online public opinion research database in Israel at the click of a button.

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Limited Partnership: Arabs and Jews in Israel

On the complex relationship between Arabs and Jews in Israel and the secret to bringing down the walls of fear and prejudice

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The Case for Substantive Democracy

As calls for a "majoritarian democracy" gain strength in Israel, IDI's President warns of the dangers associated with a tyranny of the majority, and makes the case for a richer interpretation of democracy, grounded in the principles of liberty, equality and the separation of powers.

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Is it Trump, Zuckerberg or Us - Whose Fault is Fake News?

"Weak media leads to fake news"

David Zeev (Reshet Bet) talks to Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, 

The panel: Is it Trump, Zuckerberg or US - Whose Fault is Fake News? was held at the Globes-Israel Business Conference in Jerusalem on January 11, 2018.

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5 Things You Must Know About the ultra-Orthodox Community in Israel

How many ultra-Orthodox live in Israel today? How many will watch this clip on the internet? How are ultra-Orthodox women transforming their community? How many are employed? What age to they get married?

How Hard Is It to Do Business in Israel?
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How Hard Is It to Do Business in Israel?

"In order to change this trend, we must increase the use of technological tools and behavioral economics."

Peace Index: 40% of Israelis Believe that Rifts Between Groups Will Widen
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Peace Index: 40% of Israelis Believe that Rifts Between Groups Will Widen

Monthly survey also finds that 84.5% of Israeli public defines mood as good or very good while 43% expresses trust in Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Supreme Court Strikes Down ultra-Orthodox Exemption From Military
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Supreme Court Strikes Down ultra-Orthodox Exemption From Military

IDI responds to high court ruling: “The time has come for our politicians to demonstrate leadership and work to enact a more equitable and effective arrangement.”

'Yes' to a Nation-State, 'No' to a Nationalistic State!
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'Yes' to a Nation-State, 'No' to a Nationalistic State!

Leaders of the Israel Democracy Institute call for alternative proposal that would place nation-state of the Jewish people on equal footing with democratic obligation to equality for all Israeli citizens.

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IDI Presents Outstanding Parliamentarian Award to MKs Elharar and Folkman

Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein: "It's time to bring the rules of the game back to the Knesset

IDI Scholar Responds to Chief Rabbinate’s Blacklist
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IDI Scholar Responds to Chief Rabbinate’s Blacklist

'There is no justification for preemptively disqualifying all rabbis and approving only those who have proven themselves to be kosher.'

Three Years since Operation Protective Edge, Israeli Public Defines Israel’s Security Situation as Good
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Three Years since Operation Protective Edge, Israeli Public Defines Israel’s Security Situation as Good

Latest Peace Index: More than half of Jewish and Arab Israelis see high chances of war between Hamas and Israel in coming year

 

New IDI Study Calls for Breaking Up the Religious Councils
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New IDI Study Calls for Breaking Up the Religious Councils

Study results: Grave failures in the functioning of the councils and in the religious services they provide

IDI Response to Western Wall Decision
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IDI Response to Western Wall Decision

'The longer we fail to give equal rights and recognition to the non-Orthodox streams of Judaism, the deeper the fissure between Israel and Jews of the Diaspora will become'

Deputy A-G Licht: ‘Reduction of Regulation Should Not Harm the Public or the Government'

Deputy A-G Licht: ‘Reduction of Regulation Should Not Harm the Public or the Government'

Ministry of Finance’s Hizkiyahu: ‘Israel has an anti-business environment’

Eli Groner, Director-General, PMO: ‘When There is Excess Regulation, 99% of the Public Suffers and 1% Earns’

Eli Groner, Director-General, PMO: ‘When There is Excess Regulation, 99% of the Public Suffers and 1% Earns’

Day 2 of the Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society highlights challenges and solutions for Israel’s excess regulation and bureaucracy

 

BOI Governor Flug Says Israeli Economy is ‘Not Renewing Enough’

BOI Governor Flug Says Israeli Economy is ‘Not Renewing Enough’

‘In skills and problem solving, we are at the bottom [of international indices] and it is quite embarrassing for a country that is referred to as the Startup Nation,’ Flug said

Avi Nissenkorn, Histadrut Labor Union Chair: Government has Failed to Fix Inconceivable Socioeconomic Gaps

Avi Nissenkorn, Histadrut Labor Union Chair: Government has Failed to Fix Inconceivable Socioeconomic Gaps

Avi Simhon, PMO’s Office: Those without special skills will find themselves competing with China, the Philippines and Thailand

Prof. Nathan Sussman: Israel is in a vicious, downward economic cycle

Prof. Nathan Sussman: Israel is in a vicious, downward economic cycle

Reem Younis of Alpha Omega: Arab engineers are being trained in Israel but leaving the country

Ministry of Finance’s Babad: Stop Forcing Ultra-Orthodox to Study Core Curriculum, Consider Alternative Technology Track

Ministry of Finance’s Babad: Stop Forcing Ultra-Orthodox to Study Core Curriculum, Consider Alternative Technology Track

Minister Bennett, Startup Nation Central's Kandel and Leumi Group’s Russak-Aminoach headline 2017 Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society

Two Economies - One Society: New Survey
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Two Economies - One Society: New Survey

Survey to serve as backdrop for discussion at Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society – June 19 and 20

Proposed Ethics Code for Universities: IDI Leaders Respond to Minister Bennett and Members of the Council for Higher Education
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Proposed Ethics Code for Universities: IDI Leaders Respond to Minister Bennett and Members of the Council for Higher Education

‘Contrary to earlier reports, there is no similarity between the proposed code of ethics and the American code’

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IDI Statement on Naftali Bennett's New Ethics Code

“Such an ethical code tramples freedom of expression with a heavy foot."

62% of Jewish Public: Holding onto Territories in Judea, Samaria Not An Occupation
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62% of Jewish Public: Holding onto Territories in Judea, Samaria Not An Occupation

Post Trump visit: 59% of Jewish public - low chance of U.S. President bringing Israelis, Palestinians back to negotiating table

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IDI Scholars Respond to Bill to Cancel Supreme Court Seniority System

The Israel Democracy Institute responded Thursday to the proposed bill to cancel the seniority system and deferral of deliberations on choosing Esther Hayut as the president of the Supreme Court, saying such steps harm the basic principles of the work of the judicial branch.

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Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society

With the featured participation of: Bank of Israel Governor, Education Minister, Economy Minister, Director-General of the Finance Ministry, Director-General of the Prime Minister Office, Chairman of the Histadrut Labor Federation, Director-General of Bank Leumi, Director General of Microsoft Israel and other VIPs

Police-Society Forum
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Police-Society Forum

Police-Society Forum convenes at IDI to discuss issues related to law, order and enforcement among Israeli citizens

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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.

Surveys: 50 Years Since the Six-Day War
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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 war.

Knesset Proposal to Impose Sanctions on Non-Attendance at Parliamentary Committee Meetings:
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Knesset Proposal to Impose Sanctions on Non-Attendance at Parliamentary Committee Meetings:

IDI scholar recommends adopting a proposed amendment to Basic Law: The Knesset, aimed at penalizing Knesset committee members who are invited to testify or submit information but do not comply.

IDI Ahead of Deliberations on Removing Tax Benefits from Human Rights Organizations:
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IDI Ahead of Deliberations on Removing Tax Benefits from Human Rights Organizations:

‘The bill will harm nonprofit organizations that lend a helping hand to humanitarian purposes like assisting Syrian children’

Time to Privatize the Kosher Certification System
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Time to Privatize the Kosher Certification System

In order to grant better, cheaper and friendlier kosher certification, we must privatize the kosher certification system, break up the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly, and rely on the unwavering market of 70 percent of Israeli Jews in the state who eat kosher food.

The Israel Democracy Institute Ahead of Sunday’s Deliberations on the Amendment to the Bill on Public Broadcasting:
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The Israel Democracy Institute Ahead of Sunday’s Deliberations on the Amendment to the Bill on Public Broadcasting:

Ahead of the expected debate on the amendment to the public broadcasting law that is expected to take place on Sunday, IDI scholars resent a policy statement to legislators calling on them to stop this “unprofessional and shameful” legislative process and to enable the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation to go on air.

How's It Going?
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How's It Going?

80% of Israelis are proud to be Israeli; 71% are optimistic about Israel’s future; and 38% see social gaps as a major challenge

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The State of Israeli Democracy: How Do Israelis Feel About Israel?

Those who get their information about Israel from the outside, might think the situation in Israel is not so great. But inside Israel, citizens are fairly proud, unified and optimistic.

In Advance of Knesset vote on Israel Broadcasting Corporation, IDI calls on Ministers and MKs:
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In Advance of Knesset vote on Israel Broadcasting Corporation, IDI calls on Ministers and MKs:

In preparation for the Knesset vote on Tuesday on the fate of the Israel Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), leaders at the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) are calling on ministers to vote against the memorandum so as not to participate “in this campaign of revenge and inappropriate personal legislation.”

Equal Opportunity for Israeli Arabs
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Equal Opportunity for Israeli Arabs

 

Recent findings by the Central Bureau of Statistics on the Israeli labor market reveal that 80% of the country's Arab citizens are employed in jobs with difficult physical conditions. Watch a Research Reel about the NEET phenomenon among Israel’s Arabs.

Senior Israeli Reporters Discuss the Need for a Free and Independent Press

Senior Israeli Reporters Discuss the Need for a Free and Independent Press

Especially now, it is important to remember: There is no watchdog that is more important, that barks louder or is more effective at safeguarding Israeli democracy.

 IDI Scholar on Supreme Court Decision to Allow Supermarkets and Entertainment Establishments to Operate on Shabbat in Tel Aviv
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IDI Scholar on Supreme Court Decision to Allow Supermarkets and Entertainment Establishments to Operate on Shabbat in Tel Aviv

“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.”

IDI's Malach: 'Kahlon Net Family Plan Could Give a Boost to Haredi Middle Class, Too'
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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.

IDI Scholars: 'Gender-Separate Classrooms Could Enable More Ultra-Orthodox Students to Attain Higher Education Degrees'
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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.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked: 'Legislation is like medicine'
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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

The State of Israeli Democracy: How does Israel Measure Up?

The State of Israeli Democracy: How does Israel Measure Up?

There is a sizeable gap between the way Israelis view their political situation and the way the world assesses the Jewish state.

IDI Responds to Deal Resolving Dispute over Public Broadcasting

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.

Security and Democracy in the Modern Era
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Security and Democracy in the Modern Era

Israel has been in a state of emergency since 1948. But the nature of the threat has changed over-time—from full-scale military invasions to isolated airplane hijackings, from suicide bombings to missile attacks, and most recently, cyber and lone wolf terrorism.
These ever-evolving threats necessitate new responses and strategies.

Privacy Matters in the Digital Age
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Privacy Matters in the Digital Age

Priavcy is a requirement for the proper functioning of any democratic society.

10 Past Ministers Come Out Against Changes to Public Broadcasting Law
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10 Past Ministers Come Out Against Changes to Public Broadcasting Law

Ministers say the current law, which separates public broadcasting from politics, is good and sound.

Israelis: Trump Will Allow Construction in the Territories
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Israelis: Trump Will Allow Construction in the Territories

Latest Peace Index shows majority of Jewish Israelis think Netanyahu’s performance is not very good.

Who are Israel's Haredim?
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Who are Israel's Haredim?

New statistics shed light on a population that was once hidden behind "walls of holiness." Today, those walls are beginning to break.

Ultra-Orthodox Employment Levels Stop Increasing
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Ultra-Orthodox Employment Levels Stop Increasing

The percentage of ultra-Orthodox men who work stagnated 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.

IDI Ahead of the Vote on the V-15 Bill:
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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’

Arab Political Leadership in Israel
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Arab Political Leadership in Israel

MK Dr. Benny Begin: "Before finalizing the five-year plan for the Arab community, 40 to 50 meetings were held between government representatives and Arab Knesset members."

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Dr. Shuki Friedman: 'New Kashrut Model Must Put an End to Chief Rabbinate's Monopoly'

Dr. Shuki Friedman responds to the Supreme Court discussion Tuesday on the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly on kosher certification.

50% of Jewish public Hesitant to Expand Settlement Construction, Even with Trump at Helm
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50% of Jewish public Hesitant to Expand Settlement Construction, Even with Trump at Helm

In addition to questions about building in or annexing parts of Judea and Samaria, the Peace Index looked at aspects of the investigations of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, including trust in the police and in the attorney-general. In light of what has been revealed about conversations between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes, the Peace Index looked at the public’s attitude toward Israeli media.

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IDI Scholars Call on Government to Implement Kotel Compromise

“The Kotel compromise presents a proper balance between the will and desire of Orthodox individuals - who are the majority of those praying at the Western Wall -- to continue praying in the main plaza as they always have, and the will and desire of other Jewish groups that want to pray in the vicinity of the Kotel according to their faith."

Israel Democracy Institute Scholars on the Proposal to Enable Religious Courts to Arbitrate on Civil Matters: ‘A Good and Balanced Proposal’
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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 today’s 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 was sent to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation by Israel Democracy Institute’s Dr. Benny Porat.

Professor Eytan Sheshinski joins the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) as a Senior Researcher in the Center for Governance and the Economy
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Professor Eytan Sheshinski joins the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) as a Senior Researcher in the Center for Governance and the Economy

Top Israeli economist, Professor Eytan Sheshinski, has joined IDI as a senior researcher in the Center for Governance and the Economy, under the leadership of Dafna Aviram-Nitzan.

Start-up Nation Central, the Israel Democracy Institute and the Israel Innovation Authority Praise the Government’s Decision to Increase Governmental Interoperability as an Important Step for the Israeli Civil Service
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Start-up Nation Central, the Israel Democracy Institute and the Israel Innovation Authority Praise the Government’s Decision to Increase Governmental Interoperability as an Important Step for the Israeli Civil Service

The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), the Israel Innovation Institute (III) and Start-up Nation Central (SNC) said the government’s recent decision to approve implementing new and innovative interoperability strategies is an important step that could lead to a major breakthrough.

Dr. Shuki Friedman: Religious Status Quo is Dead
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Dr. Shuki Friedman: Religious Status Quo is Dead

“The time has come to re-raise the issue of the status quo and write new legislation that will be accepted by the majority of Israelis," said Friedman.

‘Zero Tolerance Approach to Terrorism’
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‘Zero Tolerance Approach to Terrorism’

IDI hosted an exclusive and high-level roundtable discussion on Facebook policies, Israel’s proposed Facebook Bill and freedom of expression. Simon Milner, Facebook policy director for the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa, participated.

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IDI President Responds to Advancement of V-15 Bill

Today, the V-15 bill advanced to the Knesset, with a vote expected as early as later this week.

Israel Democracy Institute Scholar Responds to High Court Deliberations on the “Agunah of Safed”
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Israel Democracy Institute Scholar Responds to High Court Deliberations on the “Agunah of Safed”

Dr. Shuki Friedman says the attempt to threaten a woman’s freedom after it was given to her three years ago by the local beit din in Safed is horrifying.

Arabs & Jews Agree: Trump will be Friendly toward Israel
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Arabs & Jews Agree: Trump will be Friendly toward Israel

Latest Peace Index: despite UN Security Council Resolution 2334, majority of Jewish Israelis support continued building in the settlements; Israelis consider trial of Elor Azaria unfair; in 2017, all are optimistic 

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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.

The Post that was Never Written
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The Post that was Never Written

"The court must be allowed to pursue the legal process, without intimidation or attempts to undermine its independence."

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"Unacceptable": IDI Scholars React to imminent Passage of Regulation Law

The Regulation Law, if passed by Israel's government will effectively nullify all previous rulings on the issue, substantially weakening Israel's Supreme Court; the government's decision would be in blatant contradiction of international law as well as Israel's commitments; will provide a boost for BDS activists around the world and confirm international community's belief that Israel is annexing the territories.

 

Elor Azaria: Statement by IDI President Plesner

Elor Azaria: Statement by IDI President Plesner

Following the conviction of Elor Azaria on Wednesday, January 4, IDI President Yohahan Plesner called on leaders to spearhead a coordinated effort involving the education system, the IDF, and the political leadership.

The Israel Democracy Institute Ahead of Deliberations on the V-15 Bill
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The Israel Democracy Institute Ahead of Deliberations on the V-15 Bill

Ahead of Wednesday’s (January 4) deliberations on the changes in the V-15 Bill, scholars from the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) sent a letter to members of a joint committee of the Knesset’s House and Law Committees calling on them to amend the bill significantly.

IDI Releases 2016 Israeli Democracy Index

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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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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10 former government ministers from across the political spectrum urge Knesset to not pass bill: "Regulation Law will legalize land theft and violates the principles of Israeli and international law"

With the contentious Regulations Bill scheduled to be discussed at a special Knesset committee, the Israel Democracy Institute's 'Forum of Former Ministers' harshly criticized the proposal, stating that it "retroactively overturns a Supreme Court rulings, enables the stealing of land from its owners, violates Israeli law and accepted international legal norms and customs, and is an affront to the very concept of justice."

 

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IDI Experts on Supreme Court Appointments Controversy

IDI weighed in today on the letter of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Miriam Naor, who reacted negatively to the Justice Ministry's announcement that it intends to change the procedure by which new judges to Israel's Supreme Court are appointed.

 

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Israelis Think Clinton Will Put Pressure on Them, Support Her Nonetheless

Latest Peace Index: A clear majority of Jewish Israelis believes Democratic presidential candidate will take election on Nov. 8

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30 Years Since the Capture of Ron Arad

IDI and Tel Aviv University ask: What price should Israel pay for the release of Israelis held captive?

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Israel Democracy Institute Scholar: Should Elor Azaria be Pardoned?

The Israel Democracy Institute’s Dr. Amir Fuchs came out against the statement by Minister Naftali Bennett that Elor Azaria should be immediately pardoned, even if convicted by the military court. Azaria shot a terrorist who came at soldiers with a knife, after the terrorist was disarmed. Fuchs said that Bennett’s proposal is unadvisable.

NGO Bill Passes: IDI Scholar Dr. Amir Fuchs Reacts

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.

IDI Scholars’ Statement Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Discussion on V-15 Bill

IDI Scholars’ Statement Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Discussion on V-15 Bill

It is important to require transparency, not to limit contributions, and to establish an effective and equal process of oversight

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IDI Statement in Honor of International Day of Democracy

Israeli democracy is dealing with complicated challenges, but we are in a good place in comparison to other countries around the world

 Peace Index: 62% of Israelis Predict Clinton Will Win U.S. Election

Peace Index: 62% of Israelis Predict Clinton Will Win U.S. Election

Sixty-two percent of Israelis expect Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to win the U.S. election, according to the latest Peace Index, published Wednesday by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University.

IDI Praises MK Ayelet Shaked: Time to Reduce Private Legislation

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.

IDI’s Gilad Malach Comes Out Against Decision to Recognize Rabbinical Studies as Academic Degree

IDI’s Gilad Malach Comes Out Against Decision to Recognize Rabbinical Studies as Academic Degree

The Israel Democracy Institute’s Dr. Gilad Malach, head of the program on Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel, today came out against a decision made by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri in coordination with the Civil Service Commission to recognize Rabbinical studies as an academic degree in order to allow Haredim to participate in local tenders.

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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

IDI President Plesner Responds to Liberman's Rebuke of Army Radio

The Personalization of Politics
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The Personalization of Politics

Research Reel with Professor Gidon Rahat - The Personalization of Politics

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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’

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’

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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, Yair Sheleg, sent a policy paper to committee MKs asking them to vote against the bill. He said the bill unacceptably discriminates, something which is known to its sponsors and clear in the bill’s explanatory notes. The legislation was presented by its sponsors in reaction to a Supreme Court ruling that public ritual baths could be used by the wider public, including for non-Orthodox conversions.

Absentee Voting Rights
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Absentee Voting Rights

Research Reel with Dr. Ofer Kenig - The Absentee Voting Rights

The Military Censor in the Digital Age
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The Military Censor in the Digital Age

Research Reel with Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler - The Military Censor in the Digital Age

IDI's Lurie Applauds Move by A-G Mandelblit to Publish Schedule of Meetings

IDI's Lurie Applauds Move by A-G Mandelblit to Publish Schedule of Meetings

The Israel Democracy Institute yesterday welcomed the decision by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to publish his schedule of meetings.

The Role of the Attorney General
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The Role of the Attorney General

Research Reel with Dr. Guy Lurie - The Role of the Attorney General

Haredi Employment
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Haredi Employment

Research Reel with Dr. Gilad Malach - Haredi Employment

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New IDI Research for the Institute's "Haredi Women's Leadership:"

The project was done in collaboration with Kemach Institute and the JDC Haredi Employment Program

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IDI Scholar Applauds Efforts to Expand From Where Israelis Can Cast Their Ballots

IDI Scholar Applauds Efforts to Expand From Where Israelis Can Cast Their Ballots

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Israel Democracy Institute Scholars Ahead of Today's Expected Vote on the NGO Bill:

Ahead of the discussion and expected vote on the NGO Bill today by the Knesset Law and Constitution Committee, Israel Democracy Institute scholars came out against the bill's progression and the members of Knesset who plan on pushing it through. 

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IDI Scholars in Favor of Bill that would Increase Funding for Parties that Hold Primaries to Select their MKs

"The law in Israel has a double-standard and discriminates against parties with democratic systems that enable the wider public to take an active role in politics"

The Kosher Monopoly
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The Kosher Monopoly

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Outstanding Parliamentarian Award

The Israel Democracy Institute on Tuesday will bestow the
Outstanding Parliamentarian Award on two members of the current Knesset: Minister Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) and MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin (Zionist Union).

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Plurality of Israelis Welcome Yisrael Beiteinu into Coalition, Signaling 'Desire for Right-Wing Dominance'

A plurality of the Jewish public views the addition of Yisrael Beiteinu into the government coalition over Zionist Union as a step in a positive direction, according to the latest Peace Index, released this week by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University.

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IDI Scholars Ask MKs to Vote Against MK Suspension Bill in Knesset Panel on Tuesday

"The Knesset does not have the judicial expertise, knowledge or necessary tools to determine facts. This bill proposes a fully-blown judicial process, including granting MKs the ability to punish other MKs for criminal acts," according to a statement by Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and Dr. Amir Fuchs.

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IDI's Yair Sheleg on the Coalition Agreement

The decision by Yisrael Beiteinu to concede on its demands related to issues of religion and state in order to join the coalition reflects a problematic reality.

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Israel Democracy Institute Scholars Come Out Against NGO Bill

Israel Democracy Institute Scholars Came Out Against the NGO Bill, which is being discussed today in the Knesset Law and Constitution Committee

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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

As the Israel Democracy Institute's annual Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society kicks off today in Jerusalem, IDI's Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research sheds new light on Israeli socioeconomic discourse.

Defending Democratic Values
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Defending Democratic Values

Research Reel with Amir Fuchs: Defending Democratic Values

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Israel Democracy Institute Responds to Resignation of Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

IDI leaders say the process that led to Ya'alon’s resignation sends a negative message to all those committed to the values of Israel as a
Jewish and democratic state.

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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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Plesner: 'Political Echelon has Obligation to Support IDF Senior Commanders'

IDI President speaks out after heated conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon goes public.

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Israelis: Palestinians Must Recognize Israel as State of Jewish People

Public sees Israeli government's performance to be medium or low

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One Year Since the Passing of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Rav Lichtenstein, a noted Orthodox rabbi, rosh yeshiva and authority in Jewish law. Rav Lichtenstein received the Israel Prize for Jewish Religious Literature for 2014.

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IDI Scholars on the Resignation of Judge Gerstel

Israel Democracy Institute scholars today expressed disappointment in the resignation of retired judge Hila Gerstel from her role as commissioner for prosecutorial oversight. 

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IDI President Yohanan Plesner: 'Against Rally for Soldier Who Shot Neautralized Terrorist'

IDI President Yohanan Plesner today came out against the decision to hold a rally on April 19 in support of the IDF soldier who shot dead a disarmed Palestinian attacker in Hebron last month.

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Statement by IDI's Yohanan Plesner on Housing Incentives for Haredim who Serve in the IDF

IDI President Yohanan Plesner responds to a report composed today by an inter-ministerial team led by Defense Ministry Director-General Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Dan Harel suggesting that the government examine the possibility of offering discount prices on homes for members of the Haredi public who serve in the security forces.

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21 Ministers Express Support for Defense Minister Ya'alon, Come Out Against Killing Neutralized Terrorists

Among those who signed are former ministers of the National Religious Party and Likud

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Yair Sheleg Praises Beit Hillel Document Urging Greater Acceptance of Homosexuals within the Orthodox Community

Yair Sheleg, head of the Israel Democracy Institute's Religion and State program, today reacted to a document presented Sunday by rabbis from the nonprofit Beit Hillel urging greater acceptance of homosexuals within the Orthodox community.

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66% of Jewish Public: 'It Is a Commandment to Kill a Terrorist Who Comes At You with a Knife'

Latest Peace Index shows Jewish Israelis agree Europe lacks the ability to combat terror, but favor collaborating with Turkey to fight terrorism. Plus, Israeli Jews now see Democratic frontrunner Clinton as better for Israel than Republican Trump.

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IDI President Yohanan Plesner on the Supreme Court Decision to Recognize Private Orthodox Conversions

Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) President Yohanan Plesner today responded to last week's Supreme Court decision that the state must recognize private Orthodox conversions, calling it inevitable, due to the continued failure of the state conversion institutes.

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Tensions Arise Between Civil Service Comissioner and Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office

Yesterday, IDI held a roundtable discussion on how to appoint senior-level civil service professionals, under the direction of Eli Groner, director-general of the Prime Minister's office. At the forum, Groner discussed a dialogue that will take place Sunday in the Cabinet on the subject of establishing hiring search committees. 

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At The Close Of The Winter Session Of Knesset: Only 17% Of Israelis Believe The Knesset Properly Represents The Public

As the Knesset winter session comes to a close, and a year into the 20th Knesset, the image of the Parliament and its members continues to suffer. On Tuesday, a new caucus will be launched with the purpose of proposing ways to improve the image of the Knesset and its members. 

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Israel Democracy Institute Scholars Ahead Of Monday's Vote On The MK Suspension Bill:

Ahead of tomorrow's expected first reading of the MK Suspension Bill on the Knesset floor, Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) scholars sent an updated policy statement to members of Knesset, calling on them to vote against the bill.

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Improving the Image of the Knesset

Yesterday, a team of Israeli leaders met with President Reuven Rivlin at his residence to form a new caucus focused on restoring the public's faith in Israel's Parliament. The caucus, led by MK Elazar Stern, will work together with the Israel Democracy Institute to improve the Knesset's image.

"The Knesset is one of the most important institutions in our democracy. Improving its ability to function and its image in the eyes of the public is of extreme national importance," said IDI President Yohanan Plesner.

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Should Israel Lower the Voting Age to 17?

On March 20, the Ministerial Committee on Legislation will discuss legislation calling to lower the voting age in Israel from 18 to 17. Dr. Ofer Kenig, a researcher in IDI's Political Reform project, explains the the implications.

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IDI Scholars on the Terrorist Death Penalty Bill:

Ahead Sunday's vote in the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on whether or not the death penalty should be used against terrorists, two IDI scholars are calling on ministers to oppose the legislation.

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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 Yohanan Plesner said, "The Mikveh Bill is not worthy of being included in the laws of Israel."

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IDI Program Director Response to Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef

Yair Sheleg says head of Israel's rabbinical court should not take public stances on controversial non-religious issues.

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The Israel Democracy Institute to Knesset Ministers: "Support Bill to Shorten Time Allotted For Forming A Government"

Ahead of today's meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) called for supporting a bill that will shorten the length of time allotted to form a governmnet after an election. 

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IDI Statement on the "Mikveh Bill" (1)

Dr. Shuki Friedman, head of the IDI Center for Nation, Religion and State, said the bill's declared purpose is to attack the decision by the Supreme Court. Moreover, this bill would give the Chief Rabbinate unbridled authority over the mikvehs.

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IDI on the Proposal to Overturn the Supreme Court Ruling on Mikveh Use

The proposed legislation was presented by Knesset Finance Committee head Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) and would require that mikvehs be run only in accordance with the directives of the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate. 

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IDI on the Bennett-Council for Higher Education Agreement

IDI's Yohanan Plesner: "We need to look at this from a long-term perspective."

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A Democratic or Republican Candidate?

Peace Index: Israelis weigh in on which candidate is better for the Jewish State; Survey examines perceptions of Jerusalem as a divided city.

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The Israel Democracy Institute on the Bill That Would Forbid the Use of Loudspeakers In Houses Of Prayer:

Policy statement: 'The current law already completely provides a way to deal with these kinds of issues, and there is no reason to change it.'

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IDI President Yohanan Plesner Reacts to Decision to Push Forward MK Suspension Bill

"The MK Suspension bill is an embarrassment to the Knesset."

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The Israel Democracy Institute on Reforming the Council Of Higher Education and the Committee for Planning and Budgeting

IDI to Minister of Education Naftali Bennett: "Form a committee for appointing members of the Council of Higher Education, have the process overseen by the Attorney General and better coordinate with representatives from a variety of fields."

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IDI Concludes Four Day Visit By Top International Leaders

International Advisory Council members from Baltimore, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Toronto, England and Berlin discuss crisis of governance in the democratic world with Israeli government and economic leaders.

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IDI Scholars on the MK Suspension Bill: Unacceptable, Invites Political Witch Hunts

IDI researchers come out against MK suspension bill.

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At IDI Gala, Netanyahu And Former Secretary Of State George Shultz Address Crisis of Governance In Democratic World

IDI event took place at the King David Hotel and included a keynote address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The PM awarded IAC Chairman and former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz with an award of appreciation for his service to Israel.

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Statement by IDI President Yohanan Plesner on Reforming Government Service

"We are witnessing a flood of initiatives that intend to bring about the politicization of and harm to the independence of the public sector." 

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49% of Israelis Willing to Put Up Wall, Separate from Palestinians

The majority of Israeli Jews (52.8%) say Israel applies the law equally toward Jews and Palestinians living in the West Bank, contrary to a statement made last month by U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro. However, 50.1% of respondents thought Israel would be justified in unequal application of the law toward Jews and Palestinians in the territories.

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Egalitarian Prayer at the Western Wall

IDI Vice President Yedidia Stern responds to government's January 31, 2016 decision to allow egalitarian prayer at some parts of the Western Wall.

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Eli Groner: 'The Goal Has To Be That Haredim Enter the Workforce and Stay Haredi'

At roundtable event, government officials and researchers say time to move dialogue from quantity of Haredim in the workforce to the quality of their jobs.

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Israel Democracy Institute Specialists on Non-profit Organization Bill:

The law is not similar to the American law. It discriminates and is likely to lead to lawsuits against Israel in the international criminal court.

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The Israel Democracy Institute is Opposed to Expanding the Criteria for Disqualifying Knesset Candidates

Ahead of Sunday's vote on an 'Arab exclusion' bill by Yisrael Beiteinu Minister of Knesset Oded Forer, IDI's Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and Dr. Amir Fuchs sent a policy statement to the committee against the bill.

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'666,000 People Cannot Register to be Married in Israel'

The Israel Democracy Institute's Dr. Shuki Friedman took part in a "Nation, Religion and State" coalition meeting  under the oversight of Knesset Members (MKs) Aliza Lavie and Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid). The topic: Finding alternatives to marrying through the Israeli Rabbinate.

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Peace Index Poll: 1/3 Of Jews Say Jewish Terrorists Should Be Handled Differently Than Palestinian Terrorists

The index, polled between Dec. 29 and 30, 2015 – before the Jan. 1 Tel Aviv terror attack and before the indictments against the Jewish suspects were handed down – focuses on the Israeli public’s positions on aspects of the efforts to prevent terror attacks and on issues in the background of these incidents, such as the current level of support for the two-states-for-two-peoples solution, the relative bond to the land among Jews and Palestinians, and the balance between Israel’s Jewish and democratic components.  

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Israeli Democracy Institute to Ministers: Support the Amendment to the Propaganda for Elections Law

Policy statement: "The current law from 1959 does not jibe in the current media and political reality of the 21st century and causes discrimination between different forms of media and political forces."

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The Best of 2015: Events

As 2015 draws to a close, we are glad to present some of our biggest events of 2015 in photos.

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The Israel Democracy Institute Is Against The World Zionist Organization (WZO) Settlement Division Bill That Will Come To A Vote On Monday

Ahead of Monday's deliberations and expected vote on the final draft of the World Zionist Organization settlement division bill in the House Committee of the Knesset, a representative of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) sent a sharply worded policy statement to the committee asking that it make fundamental changes to the bill. In the policy statement, Dr. Tehilla Shwartz-Altshuler, the head of IDI's Open Government project, said the bill is a dramatic failure in its lack of willingness to subject the WZO division to certain administrative laws.

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IDI Statement: Amendment to the Non-profit Organization Law

Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer and Dr. Amir Fuchs of the Israel Democracy Institute continue to oppose an amendment to the Non-profit Organization Law (Duty of Disclosure for those Supported by Foreign State Entities) on grounds that it reduces freedom of association and expression, and is directed at restricting the activities of human rights organizations.

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Are we experiencing a third Intifada?

Other finding: image of present Knesset members is, in the vernacular, "lousy"

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The Israel Democracy Institute to heads of the coalition and cabinet ministers: The bill to obliterate the Supreme Court's ability to disqualify Knesset candidates is reminiscent of the Council of Guardians of Iran

Following the advancement of an amendment to a Basic Law on the issue of removing the authority of the Supreme Court to intervene in decisions of the Central Elections Committee to cancel candidates or lists from participating in elections, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) sent out a sharply worded policy paper opposing this proposal. 

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IDI: Stop Budget Corruption

Regarding today's 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.

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IDI Experts Oppose Allowing Police to Stop and Search without Suspicion

Upholding human rights means police can only search a person when there is solid suspicion. This was the message that Israel Democracy Institute's Professor Mota Kremnitzer and Dr. Amir Fuchs delivered in a policy statement on Nov. 11.

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Despite reported tensions, discrimination and intolerance, Israelis say their personal situations are good

The Israeli Democracy Institute (IDI) released the Israeli Democracy Index 2015 on Nov. 10, 2015. This year's public opinion poll, a project conducted by the Guttman Center for Surveys, found that Israeli's are more content than the news reports might make them appear.

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Latest Peace Index: Israelis Are "Tense But Not Hysterical"

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.

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IDI on the Graffiti on the Supreme Court: It is on the Prime Minister and party leaders to act to protect the Supreme Court

The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) spoke out strongly against the graffiti painted on the Supreme Court building, discovered Nov. 4, and said it is a direct result of the slander that has been recently put out there against the court system by Israeli public activists. IDI stressed that it is the job of the Prime Minister and the parties to defend the rule of law. 

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Israel Is No. 1 In World For Replacing Ministers In First Six Months Of New Government

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."

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Israel Democracy Institute Against Extending Emergency Ordinance

Policy statement explains ordinance harms rights of individuals suspected of security crimes.

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Jewish vs. Democratic: IDI Experts Say Nation State of the Jewish People Bill Threatens Stability in Israel

Bill is as an attempt to destabilize the balance between Israel's democratic character and its Jewish character.

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Hundreds Turn Out For IDI/Ynet Symposium on the Assassination of PM Yitzhak Rabin

More than 200 people attended a Tuesday symposium on the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. At the event, former Mk Gideon Sa'ar said, "We are sick of words."

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IDI Experts Oppose Bill To Halt Funding To Parties Who Support Boycotting Israeli Settlements

A sharply worded policy statement by Israel Democracy Institute experts was sent last week to members of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation against the proposed amendment to the party funding law that allow a committee to halt funding to parties that call for placing a boycott on the state of Israel or any area of Israel, including the West Bank.

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IDI Expert Issues Legal Opinion on the Decision to Reopen the Investigation of the Mavi Marmara

Prof. Amichai Cohen responds to the decision by the judges of International Criminal Court in The Hague to reopen the investigation into the events of the Mavi Marmara. 

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Prof. Amichai Cohen Warns about International Intervention in Israeli Investigation of Operation Protective Edge

Upon the release of the findings of the international investigation of Operation Protective Edge: IDI warns that the intervention by international bodies in the investigation of the events of the Operation in Gaza undermines the basis of the international demand to establish investigative mechanisms and weakens the Israeli legal system.

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Monthly Peace Index

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Monthly Peace Index Poll

Three-Quarters of Israeli Jews See No Contradiction Between Israel Being Jewish and Democratic

9% of Jewish Israelis Blame Israel, 1% of Arab Israelis Blame PA for Stalled Peace Talks

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How Often Elections Are Called in Israel and Around the World

On average, since 1990 elections in Israel have been called every 2.8 years.

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The Length of the 19th Knesset's Term vs. Previous Knessets

This Knesset stands to be the second shortest in Israeli history if elections are held in March or April 2015.

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July 2014 Peace Index

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May 2014 Peace Index

This month's Peace Index poll covers US-Israel relations, theoretical unilateral moves by the Israeli government, attitudes towards and pursuit of "price tag" perpetrators, and Israeli defense and socioeconomic challenges.

Tzav Giyur: A Coalition Promoting Conversion in Israel

Tzav Giyur: A Coalition Promoting Conversion in Israel

IDI is part of a new forum established to promote conversion in Israel.

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Dealing with Corruption in the Municipalities

As investigations of mayors and other municipal leaders are on the rise in Israel, find out about IDI resources on the issue of corruption in Israel's local authorities.

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IDI's Prof. Gideon Rahat Responds to the Proposed "Largest Party" Bill

Head of IDI's Political Reform project responds to reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu is planning to promote legislation that would automatically give the head of the largest Knesset party the right to form the government.

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April 2014 Peace Index

Two-Thirds of Israeli Jews Agree with Israeli Gov’t Decision to Halt Negotiations Following Hamas Reconciliation

Majority of Israeli Jews Disagree with US President Obama Blaming Both Sides for Lack of Progress in Talks

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2014 Israeli Independence Day Mini-Survey

87% of Jewish Israelis Celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut as a Holiday, 68% of Arab Israelis Do Not

Majority of Israeli Jews Support Reducing Gov't Support for Institutions Which Mark Israeli Independence Day as the “Nakba”

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Israelis Don't Think Framework Likely; Israeli Jews Back Defense Minister Criticism of US Policy

87% of Israelis Think Chances Are Low for Framework Agreement in Coming Months

Majority of Israeli Jews Back Defense Minister’s Criticism of US Foreign Policy But Say It Should Not Have Been Made Public

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Should the Israeli President Take a Stand on Controversial Issues?

An IDI survey reveals how the Israeli public perceives the role of the President.

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Yohanan Plesner to Succeed Arye Carmon as President of the IDI

Dr. Carmon, Founding President of IDI, to Step Down After 22 Years

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IDI Congratulates Israel Prize Recipients Avi Naor and Adina Bar-ShalomIDI congratulates Mr. Avi Naor, member of our Board of Directors, and Mrs. Adina Bar- Shalom, who is involved in a variety of our projects, on being named the recipients of this year's Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement—Special Contribution to State and Society.

IDI congratulates Mr. Avi Naor, member of our Board of Directors, and Mrs. Adina Bar- Shalom, who is involved in a variety of our projects, on being named the recipients of this year's Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement—Special Contribution to State and Society.

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AIPAC Lay Leadership Institute Class briefing

IDI hosted the first ever AIPAC Lay Leadership Institute Class for a briefing on "Israeli Democracy in Action."

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Majority of Israelis Will Accept Results of Peace Referendum Even if They Personally Differ

74% of Israeli Jews Believe Americans Applying More Pressure on Israel, 64% Do Not Trust Kerry on Security

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January 2014 Peace Index

77% of Israeli Jews Believe Palestinians Must Recognize Israel as the Jewish State

Majority of Jewish Israelis Think Incitement Means Palestinians Do Not Want Peace

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Spiritual Leadership at a Crossroads

MK Eli Yishai, Adina Bar-Shalom, Rabbanit Hadassah Froman, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow to Debate Future of Religious Community

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200 Israelis to Gather to Write Foundational Declaration

200 Israelis to Gather to Write Foundational Declaration Rare Assembly Aims to Produce Declaration of Human Dignity

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December 2013 Peace Index

Two-Thirds of Israelis Believe US is Committed to Israeli Security in Peace Talks Majority of Israelis Believe Netanyahu Gov't Can Withstand American Pressure if Proposal Bad for Israel

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November 2013 Peace Index

77% of Israelis Don’t Believe Agreement Will Prevent Iran Going Nuclear Only 27% of Israelis Believe Israel Could Find Alternative Ally as Faithful as US

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Israelis Believe US Spying on Them, Israel Spying on Friendly Countries

86% of Israelis Believe US is Spying on Them, 73% Think Israel is Spying on Friendly Countries Despite View that Israel Faces Serious Security Risks, Majority of Israelis Believe Socioeconomic Challenges More Threatening

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Caesarea Economic Forum in Eilat with Google

Ministers Yair Lapid, Naftali Bennett, Shai Piron, Yael German, Silvan Shalom to Address Need for Innovation 21st Annual Caesarea Forum to Grapple with Israeli Challenges in Economics, Employment

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Israelis Believe US Projecting Weakness on Syria & Iran, Will Let Iran Go Nuclear

Majority of Israelis Believe US Projecting Weakness on Syria, Iran

2/3 of Israeli Jews Believe US President Obama Will Let Iran Go Nuclear

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Release of the 2013 Israeli Democracy Index

IDF Institution Most Trusted By Israeli Jews, Supreme Court by Israeli Arabs

Israeli Jews Against Right to Refuse to Serve in Territories or Evacuate Settlements, Israeli Arabs in Favor

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Israeli Jews Back Two-States, Support Aid to Egypt

Majority of Jewish, Arab Israelis Believe Two-State Solution Is Possible
2/3 of Israeli Jews Back Western Economic Aid to Egypt

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Poll: Israelis Divided Over Chance of Syrian Attack on Israel

Jewish Israelis Believe US Attack Would Strengthen US Middle East Status, Arab Israelis Believe It Would Diminish

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Majority of Israeli Jews Oppose Withdrawal to '67 Borders with Land Swaps; Large Majority of Israelis Favor Peace Referendum

Majority of Israeli Jews Oppose Withdrawal to '67 Borders with Land Swaps Even in Peace Deal with Demilitarized Palestinian State, End of Conflict

62% of Israeli Jews, 72% of Israeli Arabs Favor a Referendum for Peace Treaty Requiring Dismantling of Settlements

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IDI Scholars Present Plan to Resolve Ultra-Orthodox Draft Crisis

IDI Scholars Present Plan to Resolve Ultra-Orthodox Draft Crisis

Yedidia Stern: Peri Cmte Recommendations a dead letter, strategic mistake

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70+% of Israelis Believe US SecState John Kerry Will Fail to Restart Peace Talks; Majority Still in Favor of Negotiations

More than 70% of Israelis Believe US Sec’y of State John Kerry Will Fail to Restart Peace Talks

Large Majority of Israelis Still in Favor of Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations

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Release of 2012 Index of Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel

Majority of Arab Israelis Want Arab Parties in Coalition Government, Majority of Jewish Israelis Amenable

Three-Quarters of Arab Israelis Believe Arab Leadership Should Deal With Daily Problems, Not Palestinian Issue

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“Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue...”

Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Tradition

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The Future of Religious Zionism: Integration, Separation, or Leadership?

Leading Religious Zionist Personalities to Debate Choices Confronting Modern Orthodox Community

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Women in the IDF: Forward March or About Face?

Is the Status of Female Soldiers in the Israeli Military At Risk?
A Joint IDI / INSS Roundtable Discussion

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Poll: Israeli opinion on strikes, picking sides, best outcome in Syria

Israelis Overwhelmingly Back Strike on Syrian Convoy, Not Taking Sides in Syria
Israelis Divided Over Best Outcome for Israel in Syria

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Does Money Talk in Local Politics?

Conference to Examine Influences on Israeli Municipal Elections

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Event: Protecting Confidential Journalistic Sources in Israel

Can Israel Strike a Better Balance Between National Security and Freedom of the Press?

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Poll: Israeli opinion on economic issues, American support after Boston bombing

Before Budget Submission, 34% of Israelis Approve of Finance Minister’s Job Performance

Large Majorities Back Open Skies Agreement, Cancellation of Dankner-Leumi Deal

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With Court Ruling, Majority of Israeli Jews Back Women of the Wall

Support Greatest Among Jewish Israelis Born in America & Europe, College Graduates, Secular

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If Israeli Conversion System Not Fixed, Assimilation Will Be Rampant

Number of Conversions Just 1/4 of Government Goal

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Israeli Public Opinion on Eve of US President Obama Visit

Israeli Jews Believe Obama is Neutral, Balanced
Jewish Israelis Anticipate Softening of Positions, No Breakthroughs

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Make This Seder Night Different

On This Night We All Recline: A Discussion on Accessibility and Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Family and Community

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Immigration and the Nation State

Are Immigration Trends Threatening the Modern Nation State?

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Public Funds for Private Purposes?

Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) Roundtable to Examine Distribution of Israel’s Public Funds to Non-Profit Organizations

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Poll Reveals Israeli Support for Universal Draft, Why Israelis Voted the Way They Did

73% of Israeli Jews Back Draft for Ultra-Orthodox, 23% of Israeli Arabs Support Military Service for Arabs

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Meretz, Yisrael Beytenu MKs to Receive Outstanding Parliamentarian Award

IDI Recognizes MKs Nitzan Horowitz and Orly Levy-Abekasis for Exceptional Legislative Activities

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Arab Politics After the Israeli Elections

What Do the Results of the Knesset Elections Say about the Future of Arab Political Participation in Israel?

A Seminar with Simultaneous Translation into English

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Israel Election Results 2013: What Now? FAQs and Answers

IDI Scholar Explains Israeli Coalition Building Process

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The Lobbyist Report: Setting Boundaries for Lobbying Activity in Israel

Proposal for Regulating Lobbyist Activity to be Presented to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin

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Party Democracy Index reveals that Labor, Likud, Meretz, Bayit Yehudi most democratic parties

New Party Democracy Index Poll Finds Labor, Likud, Meretz, Bayit Yehudi ‘Most Democratic’ Parties

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Israelis Find Netanyahu Most Suitable to Handle Security, Yachimovich for Socio-Economic Issues

Views of Israeli Voters on Personalities, Issues Revealed in Latest Peace Index

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Do Israel's Religious Parties Have a Future?

Can Religiously-Based Parties Endure in a Pluralistic Democracy?

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Israel's Immigration Crisis

IDI Roundtable to Examine Israeli Policy Towards Illegal Migrants, Refugees, Foreign Workers

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IDI Receives Prestigious €2.4 Million ERC Research Grant

IDI Vice President Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer Awarded European Research Council Grant for Research to Change Government Decision-Making

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Poll: Operation Pillar of Defense Receives Broad Support of Israeli Public

Israeli Public Welcomes Efforts of Egyptian President Morsi, Support of US President Obama

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Experts: Arab Israeli Vote Crucial to Israeli Democracy

MKs, Activists Warn that Drop in Israeli Arab Voting Rate Weakens Legitimacy of Israel's Democratic System

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Poll: Israeli Jews Back Romney, While Israeli Arabs Support Obama

Poll: Israeli Jews Back Romney, While Israeli Arabs Support Obama
Unprecedented Israeli Election Turnout Possible