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A New Political Card
Op-ed

A New Political Card

Has the "Deal of the Century" injected energy into Israel's third election and perhaps provided an incentive for Arab Israelis to turn out in higher numbers than September? Arik Rudnitzky uses the village of Bartaa as a possible case study.

Getting Stay-at-Home Potential Voters to the Polls for Israeli Elections
Op-ed

Getting Stay-at-Home Potential Voters to the Polls for Israeli Elections

Rather than “packaging” voting as a political, civic and moral obligation, we should try instead to get these potential voters to think about the personal benefits to be gained by going to the polls.

Towards a New Covenant on Religion and State in Israel: Conference
Press Release

Towards a New Covenant on Religion and State in Israel: Conference

At IDI's conference Former Defense Minister MK Avigdor Liberman said he will not advance the recruitment plan he had drafted with the Ministry of Defense. "Every 18-year-old will be required to enlist."

Towards a New Covenant on Religion and State in Israel
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Towards a New Covenant on Religion and State in Israel

After years of struggles over issues related to religion and state, we hereby agree to adopt a new approach, which will create a covenant to provide a new system of arrangements and agreements to strengthen the link between the Israeli public and the Jewish identity of the State of Israel.

Stop the Use by All Parties of Election-Management Software
Press Release

Stop the Use by All Parties of Election-Management Software

The Israel Democracy Institute has submitted a professional opinion to the chair of the Central Elections Committee, Justice Neal Hendel, asking the Committee to prohibit the use of election-management software until appropriate regulations for its use are in place.

"Deal of the Century" and Annexation - Overview
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"Deal of the Century" and Annexation - Overview

The “Deal of the Century” and Human Rights: An overview of territorial exchanges and the status of the Palestinians in the annexed Areas 

The UN Blacklist – A Devastating Blow, or Prelude to Future Dangers?
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The UN Blacklist – A Devastating Blow, or Prelude to Future Dangers?

The UN Human Rights Council published a database of Israeli and international companies operating in the West Bank - what are the ramifications and possible outcomes?

Our Jewish Solidarity is Eroding
Op-ed

Our Jewish Solidarity is Eroding

Jewish Diaspora communities find it hard to identify with Israel and Israel's Jewery.

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black
Op-ed

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

In the case of a MK against whom the attorney-general has decided to file an indictment, the members of his party and of his Knesset bloc vote as one.

Third Time's a Charm?
Op-ed

Third Time's a Charm?

With two weeks to go, Yohanan Plesner presents the key issues to look out for in Israel's unprecedented third election and what – if anything – will determine if a stable government will finally be formed.

Israelis Believe Netanyahu's Investigations Will have the Greatest Impact on the Vote
Israeli Voice Index

Israelis Believe Netanyahu's Investigations Will have the Greatest Impact on the Vote

January's Israeli Voice Index found 32% of Israelis believe Netanyahu's investigations will be the issue with the greatest impact on voters in the upcoming Knesset elections.

Can Israel Recognize a Palestinian State?
Press Release

Can Israel Recognize a Palestinian State?

The January Israeli Voice Index reveals that more Israelis support Israeli recognition of a Palestinian state than those who oppose it.

Developments in the Investigation Launched at the ICC in The Hague
Op-ed

Developments in the Investigation Launched at the ICC in The Hague

On January 21st, the ICC’s pre-trial court decided to reject the prosecutor’s request to allow her to submit a petition - on technical grounds. So what's next?

The State of the Highly Personalized Israeli Democracy
Op-ed

The State of the Highly Personalized Israeli Democracy

At this writing, Israel seems to be headed towards its third elections within a year. Israel has been governed for almost a year by a caretaker government, and no one can be sure that the next elections will resolve the stalemate. While this state of affairs may fulfill the dreams of libertarians or anarchists, for most others – it looks more like a nightmare.

What Is the Relation Between Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism?
Op-ed

What Is the Relation Between Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism?

The terms antisemitism, anti-Zionism, and criticism can be described as three different phenomena - Dr. Shany Mor explains

Wanted: Fiscally Responsible Political Parties
Op-ed

Wanted: Fiscally Responsible Political Parties

Considering Israel is facing the third national elections in less than a year, isn't it reasonable to expect the political parties, whose campaigns are publicly funded, to act in a fiscally responsible manner?

Disqualification of Knesset Lists and Candidates: Q&A
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Disqualification of Knesset Lists and Candidates: Q&A

Disqualifying candidates and lists for the Knesset violates one of the most fundamental democratic rights, the right to vote and to be elected. Therefore, it must be done with the utmost care, judgment and objectivity. Who can reject candidates and lists for the Knesset, and on what is the criteria? IDI experts answer these questions.

Can the “Deal of the Century” be Implemented Under a Transitional Government?
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Can the “Deal of the Century” be Implemented Under a Transitional Government?

What are the legal barriers standing in the way of the current government implementing the U.S.'s “Deal of the Century” peace plan?

Where Have the Parties Gone?
Op-ed

Where Have the Parties Gone?

Political parties no longer fulfill the goals for which they were intended, rather they have become technical structures that are focused on the ranking of the candidates on their Knesset lists.

Rabbis in Politics—A Disaster for Both
Op-ed

Rabbis in Politics—A Disaster for Both

Rabbis are not necessarily any better or worse than other politicians.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel vs. the Jews
Op-ed

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel vs. the Jews

Turning 1.2 million Israelis with FSU origins into a state-sanctioned punching bag is intolerable, and calls for radical and immediate change

Women Representation in the 23rd Knesset
Article

Women Representation in the 23rd Knesset

After the party lists have been submitted Dr. Assaf Shapira analyzes expected representation of women in the 23rd Knesset based on the September 2019 elections

What Will the 23rd Knesset Look Like?
Article

What Will the 23rd Knesset Look Like?

New record low of number of lists; Left-Center shrinks from eight lists in 2013 to three today; women’s’ representation continues to dither – less than 30 women MKs are expected

A Vote of Confidence in the Rule of Law
Op-ed

A Vote of Confidence in the Rule of Law

Regardless of the decision regardin PM Netanyahu's request for immunity - the debate will revolve around the more important question: the status of the rule of law in Israel

It Boils Down to Netanyahu’s Conspiracy Theories
Op-ed

It Boils Down to Netanyahu’s Conspiracy Theories

Given the dark insinuations in the PM's request for Knesset immunity, a vote in his favor would be a vote of no-confidence in the rule of law

Karnit Flug Named William Davidson Fellow
Press Release

Karnit Flug Named William Davidson Fellow

The Israel Democracy Institute Names Former Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug William Davidson Fellow - new partnership will focus on ensuring Israel’s continued economic vitality.

 

IDI Releases 2019 Democracy Index
Press Release

IDI Releases 2019 Democracy Index

50% of Israelis Believe that the State of the Country is 'Good'. Conversely: 58% of Israelis Believe that Their Leadership is Corrupt and 59% of Israelis Think that Supreme Court Judges’ Rulings are Politically Biased

Majority of Israelis Think that Israel is Prepared for War
Israeli Voice Index

Majority of Israelis Think that Israel is Prepared for War

A majority of Israelis gave high grades when assessing Israel’s preparedness for war in three areas: the IDF’s combat readiness, the resilience of the population on the home front, and the political echelon’s decision-making ability concerning the objectives and management of the war. At the same time, Israelis do not think highly of the preparedness of the home front regarding protection of civilian facilities.

 

Is Prime Minister Netanyahu Setting a Global Precedent?
Article

Is Prime Minister Netanyahu Setting a Global Precedent?

What happens when the head of the executive branch is suspected or convicted of a crime? It turns out that in most democracies the legal situation is ambiguous. 

Immunity Flowchart
Article

Immunity Flowchart

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the Knesset for immunity from prosecution. What happens next? IDI experts lay out the next steps.