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Should Israeli Colleges Insist on Coed Classrooms?
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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
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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
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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 Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law was adopted in 2003 as a temporary temporary order. It must now be reconsidered whether there is indeed a security justification for the sweeping provisions set out in the law, and whether there are alternatives that have the power to minimize the violation of human rights involved in the arrangement

Can Israel’s New Center Hold?
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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.

Decision on Daycare Subsidies = Increased Motivation to Work
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Decision on Daycare Subsidies = Increased Motivation to Work

Dr. Gilad Malach on the Finance Minister's Decision Regarding Daycare Subsidies: "This is a welcome decision that will end the preferential treatment that ultra-Orthodox households have enjoyed"

How Revolutionary Was Israel’s ‘Constitutional Revolution’?
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How Revolutionary Was Israel’s ‘Constitutional Revolution’?

Prof. Amichai Cohen discusses his new book The Constitutional Revolution and Counter-Revolution, and explains the changing role of the High Court of Justice in maintaining the checks and balances of Israeli democracy.

 

Governance vs. Governability: More Than Just Semantics
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Governance vs. Governability: More Than Just Semantics

Edna Harel-Fischer sits down with the Tel Aviv Review and unpacks the recent controversy around governance/governability in Israel: How did it become a partisan issue? And what is the role of the public service in safeguarding the will of the people?

A Decade Since the Social Protests, Summer 2011 – Highlights
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A Decade Since the Social Protests, Summer 2011 – Highlights

A decade since the 2011 social protest, most Israelis think the social protest has failed to achieve its goals, with rising housing prices and growing gaps between rich and poor. On the other hand, most of them believe that the Balfour protest from the past year has actually succeeded. And despite everything, a large majority of the Israeli public still believes that public protests are an effective tool for influencing government policy

An International Look at Israeli Democracy Under Benjamin Netanyahu
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An International Look at Israeli Democracy Under Benjamin Netanyahu

The new government offers a timely opportunity to review and assess Benjamin Netanyahu’s premiership in terms of its impact on Israeli democracy.

The Labor Market in the Post-COVID Era
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The Labor Market in the Post-COVID Era

Meirav Cohen, Minister of Social Equality: “Employers should be given incentives to choose older workers”

 

The Macroeconomic Priorities of the New Government
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The Macroeconomic Priorities of the New Government

Avigdor Liberman, Minister of Finance, opened the first day of the 2021 Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society, saying: “We are after more than three years of political crisis without a budget, reforms or legislation. The economy ran on a kind of autopilot. We will now pursue a responsible policy, without deep cuts.

Israel's Macroeconomic Challenges in the Post-COVID World
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Israel's Macroeconomic Challenges in the Post-COVID World

“Two challenges hover above the rest – a stock market bubble and inflation”

 

Formulating Climate Policy: The Private and Public Sectors Join Forces
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Formulating Climate Policy: The Private and Public Sectors Join Forces

Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg, Minister of Energy Karin Elharar, Minister of Transportation Merav Michaeli and Minister of Economy Orna Barbibai in a joint declaration at IDI's Conference: "We will cooperate on Israel's climate policy, to lead to an 85% reduction in Israel's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050."

A ‘Change Government?’ Not for Religion and State
Op-ed

A ‘Change Government?’ Not for Religion and State

There are many urgent things on the new government's desk - will they have the ability to tackle questions on religion and state?

Enough Talk about Decentralization – It’s Time for Action
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Enough Talk about Decentralization – It’s Time for Action

There has been much talk and little action about the need to delegate powers to the local authorities. Now is the time for actual be movement on the ground.

So Long Ángel, and Thanks for All the Reforms
Op-ed

So Long Ángel, and Thanks for All the Reforms

Outgoing OECD Secretary General Ángel Gurría is a close friend of Israel whose name has become synonymous with the organization itself. Gurría's long tenure saw Israel implement a number of important OECD reforms, will this continue after his departure?

The 36th Government of Israel
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The 36th Government of Israel

The new government has potential for the return of normalcy, and even for historic changes

What's in the Coalition Agreements?
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What's in the Coalition Agreements?

Should there be term limits for prime ministers? A mandated cooling-off period between their terms? How easy should it be for Knesset factions to split once elected? IDI experts examine some of the more contentious proposed new laws in the coalition agreements and assess their possible implications.

Employment of Ultra-Orthodox Women—the Next Revolution?
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Employment of Ultra-Orthodox Women—the Next Revolution?

An increasing number of young Ultra-Orthodox women are choosing not to go down the traditional path of studies preparing them for a teaching career. Instead, they are enrolling in academic institutions to study subjects that will help them embark on a professional career and hopefully be reflected in their income.

 

Israel's 36th Government – By the Numbers
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Israel's 36th Government – By the Numbers

With the Knesset set to vote on a new government on Sunday, Prof. Ofer Kenig, a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, presents an following analysis of the proposed government.

A Cooling-Off Period for a Prime Minister and Breakaway Knesset Factions: Qs and As

A Cooling-Off Period for a Prime Minister and Breakaway Knesset Factions: Qs and As

There are no provisions for limiting the tenure of prime ministers in parliamentary democracies such as Israel, and any new rules must be objective and not made to satisfy political needs

Israelis Hope for More Unity and Closing Socioeconomic Gaps
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Israelis Hope for More Unity and Closing Socioeconomic Gaps

If a new government is formed Israelis think that strengthening unity and closing socioeconomic gaps are the highest priority

The “Coalition for Change”: Prospects and Challenges
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The “Coalition for Change”: Prospects and Challenges

If the “coalition for change” led by Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid does indeed come into being, it will be a rara avis on the national scene, with the potential to extract us from the political imbroglio we have been mired in for the past two years and more.

The Two Strategic Challenges Facing Israel's New President

The Two Strategic Challenges Facing Israel's New President

Israel needs a president who will position social solidarity and common purpose as supreme values as an alternative to the toxic competition between the competing political blocs that have held the Israeli people hostage.

Hamas, Israel, and the Comeback of Moral Luck
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Hamas, Israel, and the Comeback of Moral Luck

Should guilt be determined by intent or outcome?

Prime Minister from a Small Party? Impossible? Well… There are Examples
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Prime Minister from a Small Party? Impossible? Well… There are Examples

A government headed by a prime minister who leads small faction in the Knesset - how exceptional is such a scenario and to what extent is it prevalent in parliamentary systems? Prof. Ofer Kenig analyzes examples of parliamentary democracies where the prime minister hails from a small party.