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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.