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International Press Briefing with Yohanan Plesner, President of IDI

An analysis of President Herzog's reform compromise proposal from March 15th and public and political response.

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Understanding Judicial Reform in Israel with Dr. Amir Fuchs

The Jewish Federations of Cleveland was joined by Dr. Amir Fuchs, senior researcher the Israel Democracy Institute at the Center for Democratic Values and Institutions to discuss how Israel is undergoing many changes in its government. 

Moderated by Judge Dan A. Polster.

Statement by the Israel Democracy Institute on President Herzog’s Proposal
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Statement by the Israel Democracy Institute on President Herzog’s Proposal

The Israel Democracy Institute congratulates President Isaac Herzog on his extraordinary efforts. While the President’s plan contains some problematic elements, if it were to be adopted in its entirety as a package, we would support it because it safeguards our democracy and bolsters key elements of our constitutional foundations. 

Everyone’s Talking from a “Position”—Except for Us
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Everyone’s Talking from a “Position”—Except for Us

The concepts of a “position” and “conflict of interest” crop up frequently in the discussion of the judicial revolution - that is why the facts are so important

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Constitutional Reform in Israel - How should it be done?

President of IDI, Yohanan Plesner, describes the judicial reforms that would make Israeli democracy stronger and transform a moment of crisis into an historical constitutional opportunity.

Fighting the Judicial Reform for Zionism
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Fighting the Judicial Reform for Zionism

The battle against the judicial overhaul is not being waged only to safeguard democracy, it is also a fight to preserve Zionism itself.

Government of the people means government of ALL the people
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Government of the people means government of ALL the people

The current battle in Israel is not between left and right. It is being waged between those who embrace democracy and those who want to make one last use of democracy to institute majority rule. 

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IDI's Proposals for Reforms

Constitutional Reform in Israel - How should it be done?

President of IDI, Yohanan Plesner, describes the judicial reforms that would make Israeli democracy stronger and transform a moment of crisis into an historical constitutional opportunity.

Less than a Third Optimistic about Israel’s Internal Security
Israeli Voice Index

Less than a Third Optimistic about Israel’s Internal Security

44% of Israelis are optimistic about Israel’s external security– only 28% are optimistic regarding Israel’s internal security.

The Judicial Revolution and Arab Society in Israel
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The Judicial Revolution and Arab Society in Israel

Reducing the possibility of invalidating legislation and the rest of the initiatives will further undermine the protection of the rights of the Arab minority in Israel, whose trust in the judicial system has steadily decreased in recent years - but is still high in relation to trust in other institutions.

The Decline in Women’s Representation in Israel's Political System: Analysis
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The Decline in Women’s Representation in Israel's Political System: Analysis

Just one year ago, women’s representation in Israeli politics soared to an all-time high—in the Knesset, in the Government, and in local authorities. But today, we are going backwards. The approach of International Women’s Day is an appropriate time to look at the current situation and express concern as to this trend.

The Levin-Rothman plan 101 (yes, this will be on the test)
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The Levin-Rothman plan 101 (yes, this will be on the test)

Some actual facts for college and university students whose teachers are under attack for teaching actual facts

Israel's Death Penalty, Haredi Ideology and Yisrael Beytenu's Role
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Israel's Death Penalty, Haredi Ideology and Yisrael Beytenu's Role

The death penalty for terrorists bill may pass the Knesset in what may be a dream come true for some and a horrific nightmare for others.

Israel's Teachers Must Not Stifle Discussions on Current Events
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Israel's Teachers Must Not Stifle Discussions on Current Events

If the teachers in the state system do not address current events and introduce their pupils to diverse worldviews, Israeli schools will continue to exist as a bubble.

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How Are Judges Selected in Israel?

How Are Judges Selected in Israel?

Dr. Guy Lurie Answers a Few Common Questions

What is “Incapacity” and what are the Implications of a Prime Minister’s Incapacity?
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What is “Incapacity” and what are the Implications of a Prime Minister’s Incapacity?

When is the Attorney General empowered to declare that the Prime Minister is incapable of fulfilling his duties? When does temporary incapacity become permanent? What has the Court ruled in the past about a declaration of incapacity concerning Benjamin Netanyahu?

The Ramifications of the Judicial Reform for the Status of Women in Israel
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The Ramifications of the Judicial Reform for the Status of Women in Israel

A professional opinion by the Israel Democracy Institute presented in advance of the session of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality on February 20, 2023

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How does the judicial system in Israel work?

Prof. Suzie Navot explains the judicial overhaul and its dangers in a way we can all understand.

Making Ministry Legal Advisors Political Appointees Goes Against Jewish Law
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Making Ministry Legal Advisors Political Appointees Goes Against Jewish Law

The question of how much power the government should wield was one that generations of halakhic decisors (poskim) worked to curtail.

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How will the judicial reform impact Israel's hi-tech sector? Shlomo Dovrat

How will the judicial reform impact Israel's hi-tech sector? Shlomo Dovrat, co-founder and General Partner at Viola Ventures, Chairman of the Aaron Institute for Economic Policy explains the crucial role the hi-tech industry plays in Israel's economy and the stark implications of the judicial overhaul on its future.

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Nobel Prize Winning Economists on Implications of the Judicial Overhaul

Prof. Eric Maskin and Prof. Paul Milgrim, both Nobel Prize laureates, express their concern over the proposed judicial overhaul during a special conference held at IDI on the econonic consequences of the reform.

The Judicial Reforms Implications on Israel's Standing in the International Courts
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The Judicial Reforms Implications on Israel's Standing in the International Courts

The Israeli judicial system’s independence and professionalism protect IDF commanders from prosecution in international courts. A close look at the planned judicial overhaul leads to the conclusion that if implemented it would increase the risk to Israeli citizens and make it harder for the country to protect them in the future.

Death Penalty for Terrorists Bill is Not Constitutional and Will Deal Grievous Harm to Israel
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Death Penalty for Terrorists Bill is Not Constitutional and Will Deal Grievous Harm to Israel

The proposed bill contravenes the basic values of the State of Israel, flouts international treaties Israel has signed and will limit its moral superiority over terrorists. The bill will expose Israel to harsh international condemnation, and it will hamper, rather than alleviate efforts in the war against terror.

How Often Does the Supreme Court Invalidate Legislation?
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How Often Does the Supreme Court Invalidate Legislation?

In recent years, there have been attempts to enact the “override clause” in Israel, a legal provision that would enable the Knesset to override the Supreme Court’s rulings in cases in which it strikes down legislation. This week the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee is discussing a draft of such a law.

Only a Minority of Israelis Support the Proposed Judicial Overhaul
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Only a Minority of Israelis Support the Proposed Judicial Overhaul

66% of Israelis: Supreme Court should have power to strike down laws that are incompatible with Israel’s Basic Laws | On Judicial Selection Committee: 63% Support Current Principle Requiring Agreement between Politicians and Justices.

No More Legal ‘Gatekeepers’? Plans to Downgrade the Status of Government Legal Advisers in Israel
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No More Legal ‘Gatekeepers’? Plans to Downgrade the Status of Government Legal Advisers in Israel

Downgrading the independence of government legal advisers is not among the highest-profile proposals to reform the Israeli legal system being advanced by Israel’s new right-wing government, but weakening the status of government legal advisers is actually an important and troubling part of the government’s package of proposed reforms.

Why are Liberal Israelis so Terrified of Bibi’s Judicial Reforms?
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Why are Liberal Israelis so Terrified of Bibi’s Judicial Reforms?

The proposed legislation evicerates the only check on executive and legislative power in Israel.

Checks and Balances, Public Corruption, and Economic Development
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Checks and Balances, Public Corruption, and Economic Development

Increased corruption and damage to Israel's economy - four simple figures with important lessons for Israel’s judicial overhaul

We Already Know the Future of Israel’s Courts. It’s Not Good.
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We Already Know the Future of Israel’s Courts. It’s Not Good.

Rabbinical courts, where appointments are based on political loyalty, offer a cautionary model of a judicial nightmare

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Prof. Suzie Navot Presents Principles for Constitutional Reform

"Lets talk about the rules of the game to ensure that Israel remains both Jewish and democratic, today and tomorrow"