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Shana Tova from IDI!

This past year has been has been like no other in our history and the months ahead will be every bit as challenging. Nevertheless, we at IDI are confident in the future of Israel as we wish our friends around the world a safe, healthy and sweet new year.

Haredim - High Level of Distrust of Government Policies
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Haredim - High Level of Distrust of Government Policies

Dr. Gilad Malach, Director of IDI's Ultra-Orthodox in Israel program on MK Ya'acov Litzman's resignation from the Cabinet: "Indicative of a very strong sentiment among the ultra-Orthodox community where there is currently a high level of distrust of government policies." 

The Israeli Voice Index – August 2020
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The Israeli Voice Index – August 2020

As Israelis approach the Jewish new year, they are skeptical about the country's collective mood but personally optimistic about the future. The Israeli public is also pleased about the expected treaty with the UAE and skeptical about the longevity of the government.

On Democracy and the War against the High Court 
Op-ed

On Democracy and the War against the High Court 

Elections are an attempt, not always successful, to translate the voters’ wishes into a well-functioning and representative government - however no democracy anywhere in the world makes do with elections to a single institution as the only means for implementing democracy

Israelis Pessimistic on the Country's Outlook but Hopeful on Peace with UAE
Israeli Voice Index

Israelis Pessimistic on the Country's Outlook but Hopeful on Peace with UAE

With the Jewish New Year approaching, Israelis are pessimistic on the country's outlook but hopeful on peace with UAE; 41% of Israelis think the upcoming year will be worse than the last; 68% of Israelis think that Israel will be heading to elections when the budget compromise between Likud and Blue and White expires in December.

Working from Home: A Survey of Patterns and Attitudes
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Working from Home: A Survey of Patterns and Attitudes

One of the very few pieces of good news resulting from the corona crisis is the increase in people working from home (WFH). Unfortunately, workers from lower socioeconomic groups are not benefiting from this change.

Meridor's Resignation Raises Serious Concerns
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Meridor's Resignation Raises Serious Concerns

“Meridor's resignation raises serious concerns that management of the worst economic crisis Israel has encountered in recent decades is characterized by a lack of systematic policies or priorities" 

Haredim Lose Faith in their Political Parties
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Haredim Lose Faith in their Political Parties

Ultra-Orthodox communities have been very critical of their political leaders for not advocating vigorously enough on their behalf at the beginning of the COVID crisis. Now, the ultra-Orthodox parties are at the forefront of the contentious demand to permit mass travel to Uman.

Don't Cross the Red Line
Op-ed

Don't Cross the Red Line

Israel's system for appointing top law enforcement officials must not be changed 

Corona Survey #11
Israeli Voice Index

Corona Survey #11

IDI's latest coronavirus survey found 45% of Israelis pessimistic about the country's ability to overcome the COVID-19 crisis. The survey also found that if opened, 74% of Israelis plan on sending their children to school

Public Attitudes Toward Vocational Training During COVID-19
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Public Attitudes Toward Vocational Training During COVID-19

An IDI survey examines public opinion on Israelis preferred areas of study and participation when undergoing vocational training during the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus.

Gavison’s Last Will and Testament
Op-ed

Gavison’s Last Will and Testament

“We must find ways to live together, not necessarily to decide in favor of one or another direction.” Prof. Ruth Gavison

Netanyahu Just Made his Greatest Contribution to a Jewish and Democratic Israel
Op-ed

Netanyahu Just Made his Greatest Contribution to a Jewish and Democratic Israel

Even if the agreement with the UAE leads nowhere, the taboos that have been broken will be difficult to reconstruct.

Disbanding the Knesset for Lack of an Approved Budget Makes No Sense
Op-ed

Disbanding the Knesset for Lack of an Approved Budget Makes No Sense

This law, unique to Israel, was meant as an incentive to avoid budgetary deadlock. Today, it sows instability.

Wanted: A Full-Time Police Commissioner 
Op-ed

Wanted: A Full-Time Police Commissioner 

As the police are increasingly drawn into a conflict between protecting the right to protest and attempts to politicize their work, it is clear that appointment of a full-time commissioner is long overdue

Only 25% of Israelis Approve of Netanyahu's Handling of the Corona Crisis
Israeli Voice Index

Only 25% of Israelis Approve of Netanyahu's Handling of the Corona Crisis

The Israeli Voice Index for July 2020 found that 58% of Israelis identify with the protests against the government’s economic policies while 45% identify with the elements focused on personal opposition to Prime Minister Netanyahu

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Stop Calling Anti-Zionism Anti-Semitic. It’s Morally Repugnant in its Own Way

"In its obsession with Israel, anti-Zionism is a pathological worldview; even absent the obvious anti-Semitic motifs, it’s hard to see how contemporary anti-Zionism can claim the mantel of a progressive ideology"

Digital Contact Tracing and the Coronavirus: Israeli and Comparative Perspectives
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Digital Contact Tracing and the Coronavirus: Israeli and Comparative Perspectives

IDI experts' report on digital contact tracing highlights its importance as a helpful tool in addition to human epidemiological investigations

On Induction Cookers, Non-Jews and God
Op-ed

On Induction Cookers, Non-Jews and God

The Kashrut market in Israel is still very much a monopoly market driven and all of Israelis are paying the price

Tisha Be'av: A Social Tragedy From Then to Now
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Tisha Be'av: A Social Tragedy From Then to Now

Every generation has its own barns, whose stock is the source of its national resilience. We have a supreme obligation to protect them against those who would set them afire to promote their ideology