This year's Eli Hurvitz Conference included discussions of the economic repercussions of the judicial overhaul, ways to ensure the future of Israel’s hi-tech sector in the face of domestic instability and intensifying global competition, means to rein in the rising cost of living, and reforms designed to strengthen local government.
Written By: Dr. Asaf Malchi
How would different tracks of enlistment change the longstanding Israeli ethos of service and sacrifice for the state and society?
“We can create a historic opportunity for what we call ‘the 75th Alliance’. In the 75th year of the state, seventy-five percent of Israel's citizens agree among themselves on 75 percent of the issues.” MK Yair Lapid, former Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition
“I want to maintain a strong, independent system of higher education” Yoav Kish, Minister of Education
Written By: Adv. Anat Thon Ashkenazy, Dr. Assaf Shapira
For local government to be able to truly represent all residents and understand the diversity of their different needs, it is important that there be appropriate representation of men and women alike
Bank of Israel Governor: “the Israeli economy has experienced a significant shock in recent months following the proposed changes to the judicial system... continued uncertainty has significant economic costs.”
High Cost of Living in Israel Addressed at the Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society
Written By: Zak Hirsch, Prof. Yotam Margalit, Yechiel Noam, Prof. Karnit Flug
Study on the integration and mobility of individuals from disadvantaged economic backgrounds in the high-tech industry
Written By: Daphna Aviram-Nitzan, Prof. Itai Ater, Nadav Porat Hirsh
40% of Israelis aged 25–44 cited the high cost of living as the issue that concerns them most. 80% of them have had to give up one or more item of expenditure, particularly leisure activities and vacation in Israel and abroad, and about 30% have refrained from buying basic items, food, or cars.
Written By: Dr. Tammy Hoffman
Education can exist without democracy - however democracy cannot exist without education for democracy
Written By: Dr. Ariel Finkelstein
The OECD recommends granting local authorities’ greater autonomy in setting local taxation. The program being pursued by the current government raises fears of central government taking control of the Arnona (municipal tax) Fund, as has happened in the past.
Written By: Dr. Eran Shamir-Borer
The latest military action in the Gaza Strip was authorized only by the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister, without the prior approval of the Security Cabinet. Israeli decision-makers must ask themselves if this is really the way matters of war and peace should be decided in a democracy.
Written By: Adv. Shlomit Ravitsky Tur-Paz, Dr. Gilad Malach
The ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Conscription bill, if passed into law, would in effect, allow Haredi men to totally avoid military service.
Written By: Daphna Aviram-Nitzan, Yarden Kedar, Roe Kenneth Portal
New survey of Israeli workers reveals changes in levels of satisfaction post COVID pandemic: Most workers in Israel are satisfied with their work-life balance, despite the fact that half of them work more than their official number of hours; around a third report difficulty with functioning in family life
Written By: Dr. Rivka Neriya Ben-Shahar
For years, ultra-Orthodox leadership has been protesting that the internet will bring rack and ruin on the entire community and on individual users, however, the internet and especially the social networks, play a major role in the internal reforms that the ultra-Orthodox must introduce.
Written By: Dr. Ahmad Badran
Young adults in every society are the face of that society's future, and Arab society in Israel is no different. They face a complex set of daily struggles, in all areas, in their attempt to forge a good future for themselves, their community, and society at large.
Written By: Prof. Tamar Hermann, Dr. Or Anabi
This month we found a slight rise in optimism regarding both the future of democratic rule in Israel and the future of national security. However, almost two-thirds of Arab Israeli respondents replied they are worried that they or family members will be victims of violent crime.
Written By: Eliyahu Berkovits
The deep fear expressed by the leadership of Israelis haredim is not of external criticism, but of an internal blurring of identity and straying from the path.
Written By: Prof. Ofer Kenig
When there are no restraints on what the government can do, the road will be open to “adjustments” (tricks) and “reforms” (schemes and conspiracies) in the electoral process.
Written By: Prof. Yuval Feldman, Itamar Popliker
Even though the tax seems to have reduced the use of disposable utensils, its repeal demonstrates that a sustainable change in behavior requires additional measures, including running information campaigns tailored to the ultra-orthodox, making alternatives available, and encouraging their use.
Written By: Dr. Assaf Shapira, Yaniv Roznai
In the system of democracy currently in place in Israel, Knesset members represent the public. This is indisputable. However, the ties between the public and its representatives are very weak.
Written By: Dr. Jesse Ferris
Is Israel’s split into pro- and anti-Bibi camps a healthy manifestation of exuberant pluralism—or the symptom of a dangerous and potentially unbridgeable polarization?
Written By: Daphna Aviram-Nitzan
The impact of the proposed changes to the judicial system on the financial balance of Israeli households: analysis of the M.O.F risk scenarios by income deciles
Written By: Yohanan Plesner
The Declaration of Independence expresses a deep commitment to freedom, justice and peace in the spirit of the vision of the Biblical prophets, those semi-tragic figures who rebuked the people and their leaders for their behavior. Or in other words, the gatekeepers.
Three former supreme court justices from Israel, the United States, and Canada—Dorit Beinisch (Israel), Stephen Breyer (US), and Rosalie Abella (Canada)— assembled at the 92nd Street Y in New York for a timely conversation on the complex legal and political drama unfolding in Israel.
Written By: Dr. Ariel Finkelstein, Ayala Goldberg, Adv. Shlomit Ravitsky Tur-Paz
The Israel Democracy Institute published new chapters of the first Biennial Statistical Report on Religion and State.
Written By: Prof. Amichai Cohen, Dr. Guy Lurie
The research examined 42 countries included all the OECD member states along with other leading democratic countries.
Written By: Dr. Guy Lurie, Daphne Benvenisty
Transforming legal advisors into political appointees will thwart the dual purpose of their role- helping the ministry implement its policy, while maintaining the rule of law.
Written By: Prof. Tamar Hermann, Dr. Or Anabi
This month saw a decline in optimism regarding both the future of democratic rule in Israel and the future of national security. 21% of Israelis have participated in at least one act of protest against the judicial reforms.
While a large majority of Jewish Israelis said they do not eat hametz (leavened bread) on Passover, and a large minority opposes the idea of bringing hametz into hospitals during the holiday, a majority of respondents are opposed to enforcing such a ban and searching the bags of hospital visitors.