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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.

Changing Public Perceptions of the IDF: Special Survey
Press Release

Changing Public Perceptions of the IDF: Special Survey

While Israelis award the IDF good grades for its operational capabilities and ethical conduct in combat, less than a third of the public think the IDF is managing its budget well and in a fiscally-responsible manner. 47% of Jewish Israelis now think that the IDF should abandon its 'people's army' model and transition to a professional standing military.

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.

Metaverse Has Same, if not Worse, Issues as Facebook Did
Op-ed

Metaverse Has Same, if not Worse, Issues as Facebook Did

Everyone’s talking about “META,” Facebook’s new name, and the thrilling future world of virtual and augmented reality in which we will communicate, shop, play, and even work. Are we entering a new chapter of the internet’s history, in which we will merge with events and don’t just watch them on screen? Mark Zuckerberg thinks so, as he wrote: “The defining quality of the metaverse is presence, which is this feeling that you're really there with another person or in another place.”

Term Limits for Israel's Prime Minister?
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Term Limits for Israel's Prime Minister?

The recently proposed bill would limit the tenure of the Prime Minister in Israel to eight years (continuous or cumulative). At the end of that time, the Government would be considered to have resigned and its head would no longer be eligible to serve as Prime Minister. This limitation would apply only to tenure after the date of the law’s passage.

Q&A: A Guide to the Perplexed: "Defecting" from a Parliamentary Faction
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Q&A: A Guide to the Perplexed: "Defecting" from a Parliamentary Faction

Further to reports about the possibility that one or more Knesset members (among them Yamina MK Amichai Chikli) might be declared as having seceded from their faction, the Israel Democracy Institute offers the following guide to the restrictions on such "defectors", the parliamentary tools they still retain, and the implications for their parliamentary funding and their membership in the current government.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

Even if we accept the argument that lowering the exemption age exacerbates existing discrimination, we should still assess the proportionality of this harm. Basic rights such as equality are not absolute, and are sometimes subject to restrictions in the face of a pressing public interest.

Kotel Compromise Must Be Honored
Press Release

Kotel Compromise Must Be Honored

The friction and hostility we witnessed today at one of Judaism's holiest sites is unacceptable and could have been avoided if the previously agreed upon 'Western Wall Compromise' had been honored.

Israel's International Standing Has Remained Stable Under the New Government
Israeli Voice Index

Israel's International Standing Has Remained Stable Under the New Government

Most Israelis think that their country's international standing has either remained the same as it was under former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (37%) or improved (28%) since Prime Minster Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid assumed office.

Passing the Budget and the Dispersal of the Knesset
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Passing the Budget and the Dispersal of the Knesset

To date, the Knesset was dissolved only once due to failure to pass a budget. On December 23, 2020: the 23rd Knesset was dissolved after it did not approve the budget. Originally, the law mandated that the government approve the budget by August 2020, but as part of what was termed the "Hauser compromise" the law was amended, and the date was postponed to December of that year.

 

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Law of Fundamentals of Regulation
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Everything You Wanted to Know about the Law of Fundamentals of Regulation

In Israel, there are frequent complaints about over-regulation, burdensome bureaucracy and inefficient law. On the other hand, many acknowledge that there are areas where regulations are lacking or out of date. IDI experts weigh in and explains the proposed new law that are set to reform Israel's regulatory framework.

The Labor Market must be Fixed for the Economy to Improve
Op-ed

The Labor Market must be Fixed for the Economy to Improve

Addressing the shortage of hi-tech workers isn't enough. Israel must focus on vocational training & improving productivity in all industries to continue economic growth - economist Daphna Aviram Nitzan explains 

The Climate Crisis: An Opportunity
Op-ed

The Climate Crisis: An Opportunity

Israel is small, crowded, and polluted. If we fail to act, we will see more and more damage to the country, especially to our most vulnerable populations

Israel 2050: Global Warming - Israelis Concerned - Survey Part I & II
Special Project

Israel 2050: Global Warming - Israelis Concerned - Survey Part I & II

As part of IDI's 'Israel 2050' initiative, a survey found that the majority of Israelis are concerned about the risks of global warming and believe that their government should act accordingly.

A Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy
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A Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

Implementing IDI's Israel 2050 program for emissions reduction is not only an urgent necessity, but also highly beneficial in economic terms.

Can a Criminal Defendant be Banned From Forming a Government?
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Can a Criminal Defendant be Banned From Forming a Government?

Minister Gideon Saar's proposed bill preventing a criminal defendant from forming a government is unprecedented, but so is the reality in Israel.

The Financial Situation of Ultra-Orthodox Households Before and After the COVID-19 Crisis
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The Financial Situation of Ultra-Orthodox Households Before and After the COVID-19 Crisis

What are the ramifications of recent developments, and especially of the COVID-19 pandemic, for the economic resilience of ultra-Orthodox households in Israel?

Facebook is toxic in Hebrew too — Israelis must be protected
Op-ed

Facebook is toxic in Hebrew too — Israelis must be protected

It's up to lawmakers to enact privacy protection, outlaw predatory marketing and hold social media providers in Israel accountable for the harm they do

Stabilizing the Economy and Combatting COVID by Imposing Restrictions
Israeli Voice Index

Stabilizing the Economy and Combatting COVID by Imposing Restrictions

After more than 100 days in office – Israelis want the new government to prioritize stabilizing the economy and combatting COVID by imposing restrictions on the unvaccinated

Fighting Crime Through Education in the Arab Sector
Op-ed

Fighting Crime Through Education in the Arab Sector

Arabs ostensibly are present, but in reality are absent from the highest levels of the ministry, where decisions are made.

One Arab Justice Isn’t Enough
Op-ed

One Arab Justice Isn’t Enough

The imminent retirement of Judge Kara will leave the Supreme Court without an Arab justice, yet there is only one Arab candidate on the list of possible replacements. We must move beyond filling the "Arab chair" and ensure proportional representation of Arabs as well as women and Mizrahim in the courts

FDA Booster Decision Disappoints all Sides
Op-ed

FDA Booster Decision Disappoints all Sides

The FDA ruling regarding the Pfizer booster shot may have not been completely in-line with the Health Ministry's recommendation, but the open and transparent decision-making processes employed by the American agency holds important lessons for Israel

Duplicate Kashrut Certifications and Excess Costs to Suppliers and Consumers
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Duplicate Kashrut Certifications and Excess Costs to Suppliers and Consumers

88% of the products sold in supermarkets in Israel have duplicate kashrut certifications resulting in excess costs to both suppliers and consumers. Analysis by IDI experts Finkelstein and Abensour reveals why reform is overdue

Israel Must Codify Equality
Op-ed

Israel Must Codify Equality

Equality should be enshrined in a broad Basic Law that defines Israel as a democratic state - to create the proper balance between the Jewish and democratic components of Israel's identity, a balance that was upset by the Nation-State Law

Days of Judgement Ahead for the New Government
Op-ed

Days of Judgement Ahead for the New Government

Let us wish the people of Israel, the government of Israel, and its leaders a Shana Tova, a good new year, and one in which we are able to meet the coming challenges and tests with success.

Americans Split on Military Aid to Israel, Say Political Status Quo Unacceptable
Special Survey

Americans Split on Military Aid to Israel, Say Political Status Quo Unacceptable

Both the US and Israel enter new eras of leadership - how does the public view the future of US-Israel relations against the background of the the conflict with the Palestinians

The Silence of the Commanders
Op-ed

The Silence of the Commanders

False quick-spreading claims blamed an IDF soldier's death on overly stringent rules of engagement. What took the military so long to set the record straight?

President Reuven Rivlin Joins IDI as Honorary Chair
Press Release

President Reuven Rivlin Joins IDI as Honorary Chair

Israel's tenth President to focus on bridging gaps and strengthening democratic values