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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

Ahead of the Jewish New Year - National Mood Pessimistic
Israeli Voice Index

Ahead of the Jewish New Year - National Mood Pessimistic

Ahead of the Jewish New Year, 60% of Israelis define the national mood as "pessimistic." 52% of Jewish Israelis may skip their holiday meals if they include unvaccinated guests.

Religiously Democratic?
Podcast

Religiously Democratic?

Prof. Daniel Statman discusses his new co-authored book State and Religion is Israel, a joint legal and philosophical attempt to conceptualize the role of religion in democratic regimes.

The Sins of the Digital Era
Op-ed

The Sins of the Digital Era

Social media narrows our range of information by spreading misinformation.

Taking Attendance: Arab Teachers and Students in Israel’s Education System
Op-ed

Taking Attendance: Arab Teachers and Students in Israel’s Education System

Israel is at a shortage of teachers that is forcing schools to take drastic measures, but the Jewish schools are still not hiring Arab teachers.

What's the Point of an Apology?
Op-ed

What's the Point of an Apology?

In this season of slichot (penitence) we should ask ourselves - does the essence of apology lie in the sense of regret, or in its expression?

The Return of the International Arena
Op-ed

The Return of the International Arena

With international institutions once again a cornerstone of US foreign policy, Israel will have to adjust accordingly

Lowering the Age of Exemption will Lead Thousands of Haredim into the Labor Force
Press Release

Lowering the Age of Exemption will Lead Thousands of Haredim into the Labor Force

Congratulations to the Bennett government on approving the outline for lowering the age of the students exempted from service in the IDF to 21. This is a vital and necessary step that the Israel Democracy Institute has recommended in recent years. A kind of necessary evil that will lead in the short term to the entry of about 5,000 ultra-Orthodox into the labor market and thousands more in the coming years.

We Must not Squander the Opportunity for Real Change in Israeli Schools
Op-ed

We Must not Squander the Opportunity for Real Change in Israeli Schools

How many generations of Israelis will be educated without the tools they need to commit to the values of inclusion, respect for the other, and equality?

Lowering the Exemption Age for Military Service
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Lowering the Exemption Age for Military Service

Survey finds lowering the exemption age is not likely to reduce the number of ultra-Orthodox conscripts to the IDF, however it will encourage thousands of ultra-Orthodox men to enter the workforce.

What Solutions to the Conflict with the Palestinians are Acceptable to Israelis?
Israeli Voice Index

What Solutions to the Conflict with the Palestinians are Acceptable to Israelis?

41.5% of Jewish Israelis think that the solution to maintain the status-quo with the Palestinians is acceptable– 34% think the same of a two-state solution

Should Israeli Colleges Insist on Coed Classrooms?
Press Release

Should Israeli Colleges Insist on Coed Classrooms?

Dr. Gilad Malach is interviewed on Kan Radion on a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing institutions of higher learning to have separate classrooms for men and women and what the implications will be for the integration of the ultra-Orthodox into Israeli society.

NSO Spyware Scandal May Threaten Israel’s Love Affair With Amazon and Google
Op-ed

NSO Spyware Scandal May Threaten Israel’s Love Affair With Amazon and Google

Amazon reportedly cut NSO off from its AWS service - the same one that is supposed to support Israel’s new official state cloud. Could Jerusalem be cut off, too?

 

The NSO Affair: An Explainer
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The NSO Affair: An Explainer

The allegations against Israeli cyber-security company NSO have made international headlines. How could this affect the ‘Startup Nation?’

IDI Experts on the Proposed Bill to Lower the Electoral Threshold
Press Release

IDI Experts on the Proposed Bill to Lower the Electoral Threshold

Lowering the electoral threshold will only further fragment Israel's political system

Q&A: The Failure to Extend the Citizenship Law
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Q&A: The Failure to Extend the Citizenship Law

The Knesset recently failed to pass an extension of the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law was adopted in 2003 as a temporary order. Israel's government must now reconsider whether there is indeed a security justification for the sweeping provisions that have been in place until now, and whether there are alternatives that can minimize the potential violation of human rights resulting from the original law.

Can Israel’s New Center Hold?
Op-ed

Can Israel’s New Center Hold?

Writing in Foreign Affairs, IDI President Yohanan Plesner notes that Netanyahu is out, but the crisis he thrived on remains.

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The President—A Rubber Stamp or a Shield of Democracy?

To ensure that the President is able to perform his or her symbolic role in the best possible way, it is important to distance the office as much as possible from political and social disagreements and debates.

Yair Lapid is Perceived as the “Most Influential” Figure  in the New Government

Yair Lapid is Perceived as the “Most Influential” Figure in the New Government

26% of Israelis think that Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid is the “most influential” figure in the government; in second place with 19% was Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and in third with 11% was Mansour Abbas.