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A Year Later: Arab-Jewish Relations in Mixed Cities
Op-ed

A Year Later: Arab-Jewish Relations in Mixed Cities

Before the next violent outbreak, let’s quickly address the needs of mixed cities.

Parliamentary Immunity: Explainer
Article

Parliamentary Immunity: Explainer

After two MKs - Ofer Kasif and Ahmad Tibi - were allegedly involved in violence against police officers, IDI experts Dr. Amir Fuchs and Dr. Assaf Shapira explain the reasoning for and parameters of parliamentary immunity.

 

Equality Now!
Op-ed

Equality Now!

The problem with the Nation-State Basic Law is what it fails to mention - equality! Thus excluding Israel’s minorities who call the country home.

An Israeli Government with 59 MKs?
Article

An Israeli Government with 59 MKs?

Following the announcement by MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi that she no longer views herself as a member of the governing coalition, Dr. Assaf Shapira, Director of the Political Reform Program at the Israel Democracy Institute, examined the three instances in which a minority government of 59 MKs served in Israel.

Legislating the Right to Equality is a Must
Op-ed

Legislating the Right to Equality is a Must

Israel is the only democracy whose constitution or basic laws omit all mention of the right to equality –leaving a gaping hole that must be filled.

Dissolving the Knesset: A Historical Survey
Article

Dissolving the Knesset: A Historical Survey

The Knesset might be dissolved before the end of its term – a phenomenon not unique to Israel, but rather common to almost every parliamentary democracy providing a degree of flexibility.

The Many Ways to Dissolve the Knesset 2022
Article

The Many Ways to Dissolve the Knesset 2022

The unlikely coalition that survived thanks to the one vote has lost the parliamentary majority. Does this mean that the Knesset will disperse and new elections will be held? Dr. Dana Blander explains the different ways in which the Knesset can be dissolved and discusses the relationship between these mechanisms and government stability in a parliamentary system. 

The Democratic Ethos and the Rules of the Political Game
Op-ed

The Democratic Ethos and the Rules of the Political Game

As Israel celebrates its 74th birthday - what must be done to bolster social solidarity? Education, education and education!

50% Jewish Israelis support Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount
Israeli Voice Index

50% Jewish Israelis support Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount

50% of Jewish Israelis support allowing Jews to pray on the Temple mount – 38% because it is proof of Israel’s sovereignty over the site and 12% because it is a religious commandment.

Elon Must
Op-ed

Elon Must

Dreams of free content and equality are often highjacked and tightly controlled by wealthy people with a hearty appetite for attention.

Holocaust Memorial Day? We Have Already Forgotten
Op-ed

Holocaust Memorial Day? We Have Already Forgotten

The Israeli discourse on Holocaust remembrance lacks depth and is too far removed from profound and complex study of the critical significance of its Jewish, as well as of its universal, lessons.

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022 - The Israeli Voice Index
Israeli Voice Index

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022 - The Israeli Voice Index

As Israel prepares to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day (Thursday), IDI’s Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research examined how Jewish Israelis relate to this solemn day.

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

Ahead of the Knesset House Committee’s debate and vote to declare MK Amichai Chikli as a ‘defector’ - what is a parliamentary defector, how are they designated as such, and what are the repercussions? IDI experts Dr. Chen Friedberg, Dr. Assaf Shapira have all the answers.

In the War on Terror, Not All Means are Justified
Op-ed

In the War on Terror, Not All Means are Justified

Harsh measures often have unintended consequences – and, when it comes to collective punishment, they also have troubling moral implications

Israelis Looking Forward to Celebrating the Holidays
Israeli Voice Index

Israelis Looking Forward to Celebrating the Holidays

A special IDI survey finds that while Israelis are divided on whether hametz (leavened foods) should be forbidden on Passover from public institutions such as hospitals, over 96% of Jewish Israelis say they plan on holding a Seder this year.

The Israeli Economy: Basic Facts, Recent Developments, Strengths and Challenges
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The Israeli Economy: Basic Facts, Recent Developments, Strengths and Challenges

Prof. Karnit Flug, Vice President of Research and William Davidson Senior Fellow for Economic Policy at the Israel Democracy Institute, as well as the former Governor of the Bank of Israel on Israel’s economy after two years of the global pandemic and political crisis in Israel in conversation with Talia Dekel from the Jerusalem Press Club.

Constructive Motions of No-Confidence: Q&As
Article

Constructive Motions of No-Confidence: Q&As

IDI experts Prof. Gideon Rahat and Dr. Chen Friedberg explain what a Constructive No-Confidence Vote means for the stability of Israel’s government.

 

On Mamzerut and the Yearning to Forget
Op-ed

On Mamzerut and the Yearning to Forget

People today are largely judged on merits and not their lineage - except when technology preserves an inherited 'illegitimate' status in ways Jewish law never anticipated.

Biometric and Facial Recognition Bill - IDI Professional Opinion
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Biometric and Facial Recognition Bill - IDI Professional Opinion

Memorandum of a Bill to Amend the Police Ordinance, which deals inter alia with the sensitive topic of the use of biometric facial recognition systems by the Israel Police, is abusive and disproportionate and reflects a lack of adequate preparatory work

Minority Governments: Why Smaller Is Not Necessarily Worse
Article

Minority Governments: Why Smaller Is Not Necessarily Worse

In the wake of the latest political crisis - can a minority government prevent yet another election? 

Can a New Government be Put in Place? An Explainer
Article

Can a New Government be Put in Place? An Explainer

In the wake of the announcement by MK Idit Silman (Yamina party) that she no longer supports the current government (as Yamina MK Amichai Chikli did shortly after the coalition was established), the coalition now includes only 60 Knesset members. What are the implications of her move? What developments can we expect to see in the government and the Knesset in the near future?

Autonomy in Flux: IDI’s Annual Conference of the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel
Press Release

Autonomy in Flux: IDI’s Annual Conference of the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel

Rabbi Yonatan Reiss, of the Belz community, on their agreement to teach a core curriculum at the opening of the conference: “The change in mindset began when I went to the Ministry of Education and said that for us Haredi public schools are not an option. It is a question of independence. The Ministry of Education agreed and said, 'OK you will be exempt, you will reach the same milestones and we will move forward.'”

 

Working Together: Secular and Ultra-Orthodox Israelis in Mixed Workplaces
Op-ed

Working Together: Secular and Ultra-Orthodox Israelis in Mixed Workplaces

Despite the many challenges integrating the ultra-Orthodox into the workforce is essential for the well-being of Israeli society, the labor market, and the ultra-Orthodox community itself

Majority of Israelis Pessimistic about Security in Foreseeable Future
Press Release

Majority of Israelis Pessimistic about Security in Foreseeable Future

The Israeli Voice Index for March 2022 focused on Israeli’s security in wake of recent terror attacks and found that the majority of both Jewish and Arab Israelis are pessimistic about Israel’s security situation in the foreseeable future.

The Majority of Israelis Pessimistic about Security in Foreseeable Future
Israeli Voice Index

The Majority of Israelis Pessimistic about Security in Foreseeable Future

The Israeli Voice Index for March 2022 focused on Israeli’s security in wake of recent terror attacks and found that the majority of both Jewish and Arab Israelis are pessimistic about Israel’s security situation in the foreseeable future.

Workplace Diversity in a Polarized Society: How Employers View the Ultraorthodox in "Mixed" Workplaces
Article

Workplace Diversity in a Polarized Society: How Employers View the Ultraorthodox in "Mixed" Workplaces

This new study offers the perspective of Jewish Israelis who are not ultra-Orthodox—their attitudes on ultra-Orthodox integration in the labor market and their experience with employing the ultra-Orthodox or working alongside them on a daily basis.

Sa’ar’s Proposal is Balanced
Op-ed

Sa’ar’s Proposal is Balanced

The proposal to hold the public hearing of the Judicial Selection Committee is a reasonable arrangement and the fact it was agreed to by the President of Supreme Court, indicates that it is intended to increase public confidence in the selection process of justices.

IDI Establishes the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for Shared Society
Press Release

IDI Establishes the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for Shared Society

The Israel Democracy Institute announced today the establishment of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for Shared Society and the creation of a prestigious new Distinguished Fellowship for former policymakers. Former President Reuven Rivlin will serve as the inaugural Joan and Irwin Jacobs Distinguished Fellow at IDI.

The Israeli Labor Market and COVID-19: What Really Happened?

The Israeli Labor Market and COVID-19: What Really Happened?

A new study utilizes extensive data to offer a new understanding of the changes the labor market underwent during two years of Covid-19

60% of Israelis Back the Government’s Policy on the Russia-Ukraine Conflict - Special Survey
Press Release

60% of Israelis Back the Government’s Policy on the Russia-Ukraine Conflict - Special Survey

The Israel Democracy Institute's Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research published a special survey on the stances of Israelis on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and issues related to the conflict. The survey included both native-born Israelis and immigrants from the former Soviet Union – and found that 60% of Israelis back the government’s policy on the conflict and a large minority (44%) support absorbing refugees regardless of nationality