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The Tenure on the Bench of Supreme Court Justices
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The Tenure on the Bench of Supreme Court Justices

Among assertions that a limited tenure for justices would prevent excessive influence by past governments on the current composition of the Supreme Court bench and allow the current government to replace a larger number of justices - what is the average tenure of Israeli Supreme Court justices?

The NSO scandal should be an earthquake for the Israel Police
Op-ed

The NSO scandal should be an earthquake for the Israel Police

Recent media reports alleging that the police are using controversial surveillance software to spy on Israeli citizens has troubling implications and the current Protection of Privacy Law is not equipped to cope with today’s reality. Israel badly needs new legislation that is up to the challenges of the information age.

Ambassador Briefing - Israeli Democracy Index 2021
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Ambassador Briefing - Israeli Democracy Index 2021

IDI President Yohanan Plesner and Prof. Tamar Herman present the the main findings of the 2021 Israel Democracy Index to dozens of foreign ambassadors stations in Israel.

Q&A: Plea Bargain Agreements
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Q&A: Plea Bargain Agreements

As former Prime Minister Netanyahu weighs the option of a plea bargain, IDI experts weigh in on the legal standing of such an agreement and its ramifications.

Happy 73rd Birthday, Knesset!

Happy 73rd Birthday, Knesset!

As the Knesset, Israel’s legislature, marks its 73rd birthday, IDI is taking the opportunity to reflect on two of its characteristics; the social composition of its membership and its size as compared with other countries.

Israel’s Governmental Institutions Must be Strengthened
Op-ed

Israel’s Governmental Institutions Must be Strengthened

There should be a real commitment to improving Israel's political system and correcting its flaws.

Pandemic Dictates Substantial Changes
Israeli Voice Index

Pandemic Dictates Substantial Changes

54% of Israeli say that the pandemic has caused them to change their daily routine, and 45% said that they have made significant changes such as switching jobs or halting their studies. As 2021 drew to a close, more than a quarter of those participating in the survey said they are considering or intending to leave their current workplace in the foreseeable future.

 

Restoring Public Trust in the IDF
Op-ed

Restoring Public Trust in the IDF

The decline in public trust in the IDF is troubling – especially among youngers Israelis who will soon fill the IDF’s ranks. What can be done to reverse this trend?

Ministry Adopts IDI's Investor's Regulatory Roadmap
Press Release

Ministry Adopts IDI's Investor's Regulatory Roadmap

IDI welcomed the adoption of its recommendations by Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked who announced the implementation of the Investor's Regulatory Roadmap Report, first published at IDI’s 2018 Eli Hurvitz Conference.

Israel’s Rabbinate Should Welcome These Kashrut and Conversion Reforms
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Israel’s Rabbinate Should Welcome These Kashrut and Conversion Reforms

They do reduce the Rabbinate's centralized power, but in very different ways, which fundamentally upholds the rabbis' authority, rather than undermining it

Trust is on the Wane
Op-ed

Trust is on the Wane

Despite a decline in trust - the public still believes that in the Court’s role as a professional independent entity and guardian of democratic principles.

2021 Israeli Democracy Index: Israel’s Legal System
Special Survey

2021 Israeli Democracy Index: Israel’s Legal System

A small majority agree that the Supreme Court should have the power to overturn laws passed by the Knesset when democratic principles are contradicted, while a high rate of the Israeli public, primarily from the right-wing and ultra-Orthodox, believe that the selection of judges in Israel is based on political considerations.

67% of Israelis Want to Transfer More Power from Government to Local Authorities

67% of Israelis Want to Transfer More Power from Government to Local Authorities

Israelis express a high degree of trust in their municipalities and there is strong support for transferring more authority away from national government ministries to local authorities.

Israeli Democracy Index 2021: Democratic Values
Special Survey

Israeli Democracy Index 2021: Democratic Values

The 2021 Democracy Index reveals a complex picture regarding the level of public trust in key institutions and officials, 46% of respondents say that tensions between Jews and Arabs is the fiercest tension in Israeli society

Political Reform: The Imperative of the Hour
Op-ed

Political Reform: The Imperative of the Hour

Critical reforms are necessary to ensure the quality and future of Israeli democracy

Israeli Democracy Index 2021: Trust
Special Survey

Israeli Democracy Index 2021: Trust

IDI's 2021 Israeli Democracy Index shows a decline in trust in most state institutions

Most Israelis Want Term Limits for Local Rabbis
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Most Israelis Want Term Limits for Local Rabbis

Most of the public support limiting local authority rabbis' term of service to five years and giving them the option to be re-appointed at the end of each term

Two Thirds of Ultra-Orthodox Are Online
Special Survey

Two Thirds of Ultra-Orthodox Are Online

Despite public criticism, two thirds of ultra-Orthodox Israelis are now online

An Increase Among Ultra-Orthodox Men Enrollment in Higher Education and Yeshivas
Special Survey

An Increase Among Ultra-Orthodox Men Enrollment in Higher Education and Yeshivas

Ultra-Orthodox Jews now make up 13% of Israelis, and are continuing to grow rapidly. In 2020, the pandemic led to an increase in the number of applicants for professional and academic training, especially among ultra-Orthodox men

Israel’s Lost Youth: Manifest and Latent School Dropout
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Israel’s Lost Youth: Manifest and Latent School Dropout

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased school dropout rates due to its exacerbation of the already emotional, social, and academic crises affecting multiple age and population groups.

Taxing Sugary Beverages
Special Survey

Taxing Sugary Beverages

How will Israelis react to a new tax on sugary drinks? A special IDI survey found that only a quarter of the public said that they would reduce their consumption of such drinks if they are taxed up to half a shekel, but a significant majority said they would limit their consumption if the tax exceeds two shekels.

 

Is Israel Also Experiencing a “Great Resignation”?
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Is Israel Also Experiencing a “Great Resignation”?

The "great resignation" that has swept the US and UK in recent months is one of the symbols of the recovery from the pandemic. Is this trend taking place in Israel too?

The Collapsed Bridge Loan: Israel’s Shin Bet Location Tracking of Omicron Carriers
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The Collapsed Bridge Loan: Israel’s Shin Bet Location Tracking of Omicron Carriers

Israel reinstated contact-tracing activities by the Israel Security Agency to track carriers of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Five days later, it halted the ISA’s contact-tracing activities, due to a lack of parliamentary support.

Can Israel’s Politicians Regain Israelis’ Trust?
Op-ed

Can Israel’s Politicians Regain Israelis’ Trust?

Reducing centralization and handing over political power to local authorities, might just might do the trick

Does Iran pose an existential threat? Israeli Voice Index November 2021
Israeli Voice Index

Does Iran pose an existential threat? Israeli Voice Index November 2021

62% of Israeli Jews think that Iran poses an existential threat and 58% would support an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities also without American consent

 

Dramatic Rise in the Number of Sexual Abuse Cases Treated by Social Service Departments in Ultra-Orthodox Local Authorities
Press Release

Dramatic Rise in the Number of Sexual Abuse Cases Treated by Social Service Departments in Ultra-Orthodox Local Authorities

Growing willingness to report sexual abuse in ultra-Orthodox society: The last two decades have seen a dramatic rise in the number of cases of sexual abuse or violence against children treated by social service agencies in ultra-Orthodox local authorities, where today- the rate of abuse is higher than in other local authorities

The Lack of the Right to Equality in Israel is Unique in the Democratic World
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The Lack of the Right to Equality in Israel is Unique in the Democratic World

Israel Democracy Institute researchers welcome the move to anchor the right to equality in a Basic Law, and note the urgent need for this step, particularly in light of the Nation-State Law. At the same time, the researchers also recommend a series of amendments to the bill.

Realizing a Plan: Only by Working Together
Op-ed

Realizing a Plan: Only by Working Together

A new government plan aimed at increase the integration of Arab Israelis tries something new – bringing together political leaders, civil servants, and representatives of civil society to collaborate in its formulation and implementation.

Annual Conference on National Security and Democracy - Day 2
Press Release

Annual Conference on National Security and Democracy - Day 2

The second day of the conference focused on public trust in the military and the challenges peripheral communities face in the IDF. Among those presenting were Minister Matan Kahane, Minister Penina Tamano-Shata, former Justice Hanan Meltzer and Major General Eliezer Toledano, the IDF's Commander of the Southern Command.

The IDF in an Ever-Evolving Reality: The IDI Annual Conference on Security and Democracy
Press Release

The IDF in an Ever-Evolving Reality: The IDI Annual Conference on Security and Democracy

IDI's annual conference on National Security and Democracy opened with a focus on the question of whether the current IDF model of service is sustainable, what other models should be considered and included a session on public attitudes towards the IDF. The conference is held in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.