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Jewish Public Opinion Regarding the Chief Rabbinate and the Elections for the Chief Rabbis
Special Survey

Jewish Public Opinion Regarding the Chief Rabbinate and the Elections for the Chief Rabbis

The aim of this review is to present the views of the Jewish public in Israel regarding the institution of the Chief Rabbinate, based on the findings of an opinion survey that was conducted in May 2024.

The New Rabbis Law Includes a Number of Inherent Flaws
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The New Rabbis Law Includes a Number of Inherent Flaws

Dr. Ariel Finkelstein warns that the proposed new "Rabbis Law" would weaken the standing of local communities, could lead to cronyism, reduce women's representation and more. 

Principles for a Good Draft Law
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Principles for a Good Draft Law

Yohanan Plesner, President of IDI lays out the basic principles for a fair draft law.

The Independence of the Israel Police and the Limits of Political Intervention in Its Operations
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The Independence of the Israel Police and the Limits of Political Intervention in Its Operations

Israeli Supreme Court Hearing on what is known as the "Ben Gvir Amendment" to the Israel Police Ordinance.

The Economic Impact of Haredi (non) Enlistment
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The Economic Impact of Haredi (non) Enlistment

What are the economic impacts of the Haredi blanket exemption and how would drafting the ultra-Orthodox benefit Israeli society and economy?

The Key to Revitalizing Israel-US Relations Lies Between Moscow and Beijing
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The Key to Revitalizing Israel-US Relations Lies Between Moscow and Beijing

The roots of the crisis between Israel and the United States are supposedly in Rafah. But the key to resurrecting the relationship lies far from Gaza, between Moscow and Beijing.

Tikun Leil Shavuot: Source Materials on Ultra-Orthodox IDF Service and Military Exemptions
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Tikun Leil Shavuot: Source Materials on Ultra-Orthodox IDF Service and Military Exemptions

Ahead of the Shavuot holiday, the Israel Democracy Institute is releasing a series of source materials for study during the "tikkun leil Shavuot" (the traditional Shavuot eve study session).

As the National Unity Party Leaves the Government, What Can We Learn from Similar Exits in the Past?
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As the National Unity Party Leaves the Government, What Can We Learn from Similar Exits in the Past?

The head of the National Unity party, Benny Gantz, announced that his party would be leaving the coalition. This exit, together with the resignation from the government of New Hope headed by Gideon Sa’ar around two months ago, restores the coalition to its original size of 64 MKs and six factions.

“Unity” as a Means to Weaken the Judicial System
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“Unity” as a Means to Weaken the Judicial System

While the Israeli public has been focusing on the war and on the hostages in Gaza, the government—led by the minister of justice—has been preparing an assault on the independence of the judicial system.

Netanyahu Government Gets Low Grades Across Various Wartime Issues
Israeli Voice Index

Netanyahu Government Gets Low Grades Across Various Wartime Issues

Across the issues of US-relations, the war in Gaza, evacuees from the south and the north, fighting Hezbollah, and public diplomacy efforts abroad—both Jewish and Arab Israelis give the government low grades.

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Special Survey

In Honor of Jerusalem Day 2024: A Collection of Municipal Demographics

A survey of various demographic statistics on Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Which neighborhoods are more densely populated? Which ones are aging and which have a large majority under the age of 20? 

Haredi Enlistment According to the Supreme Court Justices: "We intend to decide"
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Haredi Enlistment According to the Supreme Court Justices: "We intend to decide"

The discussion in the Supreme Court yesterday was not about whether a law exempting yeshiva students harms the principle of equality. It was about a much more basic question: is the State of Israel acting in accordance with the principle of the rule of law—that is, can yeshiva students be exempted from enlisting in the IDF, when there is no law allowing for this.

A Historic Supreme Court Hearing on Haredi Conscription and Yeshiva Funding
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A Historic Supreme Court Hearing on Haredi Conscription and Yeshiva Funding

Israel's Supreme Court convened to hear arguments on the issue of drafting ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students who no longer are exempt from military service, and the legality of providing funding for yeshivas that enroll them as long as no new law has been legislated on this issue.

When the Wall Shakes
Op-ed

When the Wall Shakes

The heroic stories of battle alongside the volunteer spirit that swept the entire nation have shaken the dichotomies nurtured by the Haredi society for years.

The Threat of Militias Harm Democracy and the Stability of the State
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The Threat of Militias Harm Democracy and the Stability of the State

A serious public and governmental discussion is needed regarding the privatization of internal security governance that we are currently witnessing, and its implications. This privatization threatens us all.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) Order on the IDF Operation in Rafah: Commentary and Implications
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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) Order on the IDF Operation in Rafah: Commentary and Implications

The issuance of additional interim orders in the genocide proceedings underway at the ICJ limits Israel’s operational wiggle room in Rafah, but leaves it with some flexibility in the interpretation and implementation of the new orders.

Haredi Conscription | Decision Time
"Makor Rishon" Special Edition

Haredi Conscription | Decision Time

A special collaboration with Makor Rishon includes updated data on conscription, information on shifting trends in Haredi public opinion, articles and columns by researchers at IDI.

The Situation for Women in Israel: More Violence, Less Representation and Growing Exclusion from Public Service
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The Situation for Women in Israel: More Violence, Less Representation and Growing Exclusion from Public Service

Women in senior government positions are leaving their roles, the number of victims of domestic violence is rising, and the prevailing spirit from the government does not bode well. Now more than ever, there must be a call for immediate and fundamental change in placing women's rights at the top of the national agenda.

The Missing Side of the Triangle: The Danger Religious Zionism Faces
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The Missing Side of the Triangle: The Danger Religious Zionism Faces

Religious Zionism (the sector, not the political party that appropriated the name) is one of the most influential population groups in Israel. In the following essay, I wish to draw attention to a worrying process afflicting religious Zionism, the roots of which can be traced back to its early days and has dramatically worsened in recent years.

What Constitutes Professional Judicial Conduct? Barak’s Lesson to the ICJ Judges
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What Constitutes Professional Judicial Conduct? Barak’s Lesson to the ICJ Judges

The International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) issued new temporary orders against Israel this week. Justice Barak’s dissenting opinion would seem to offer an important lesson for the future. Professional, focused, and well-founded legal criticism—as opposed to the very different means that are currently being widely discussed and pursued—is likely the best way to deal with the ICJ.

The Missed Opportunity of the Century: The Haredi Exemption Law
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The Missed Opportunity of the Century: The Haredi Exemption Law

The government and the coalition have been given a second chance – which has come at a heavy price of blood and suffering – to turn this crisis into an opportunity and set the foundations for a new social covenant among Israelis.

The Prosecutor’s Uphill Legal Battle?: The Netanyahu and Gallant ICC Arrest Warrant Requests
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The Prosecutor’s Uphill Legal Battle?: The Netanyahu and Gallant ICC Arrest Warrant Requests

In this article, we wish to identify and discuss here some potential problems we identify in the part of the request pertaining to Netanyahu and Gallant, at least as it was presented in the Prosecutor’s short announcement and by the expert report supporting it. 

Media and Social Media Consumption, Trust, and Literacy
Key Findings

Media and Social Media Consumption, Trust, and Literacy

A special report on consumption patterns and trust in the media and social media.

Eli Hurvitz Conference on Society and Economy 2024: Israel at War
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Eli Hurvitz Conference on Society and Economy 2024: Israel at War

This Israel Democracy Institute's annual Eli Hurvitz Conference on Society in Economy 2024 convened top leaders in the midst of one of the most severe and significant wars in the country's history, ongoing since the attack of October 7, 2023.

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Press Release

Eli Hurvitz Conference: Day 2 Morning Sessions

Press Release
Eli Hurvitz Conference: Day 2 Morning Sessions
May 22, 2024, Jerusalem

 

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Eli Hurvitz Conference: Day 2 Afternoon Sessions

Press Release

Eli Hurvitz Conference: Day 2 Afternoon Sessions

May 22, 2024, Jerusalem

New Structure for the Government
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New Structure for the Government

New Study by Tomer Lotan and Vered Constantini at the Israel Democracy Institute

The Effectiveness of the Public Services in Israel: An International Comparison
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The Effectiveness of the Public Services in Israel: An International Comparison

The tragedy of October 7, and the lack of a public sector response over the course of the ongoing crisis, shed light on the grim situation. This review presents figures and trends relating to the performance of the public sector and its ability to provide services and solutions in real time.

Financial Aggregates and New Budgetary Priorities for Israel
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Financial Aggregates and New Budgetary Priorities for Israel

In May 2023, the Knesset approved a two-year state budget for 2023–2024. However, following the outbreak of the war in Gaza and the accompanying conflict in the north, the budget's composition, safety cushions, and especially the priorities it reflects are no longer suited to Israel’s economic and geopolitical realities.

Timeline: The Ultra-Orthodox and the IDF Draft
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Timeline: The Ultra-Orthodox and the IDF Draft

When did the ultra-Orthodox first receive an exemption from military service? How have Haredi demographics influenced this issue?

This is a timeline of the central milestones affecting the issue of Haredi conscription.