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Democracy for All
Op-ed

Democracy for All

Democracy is not just majority rule, but ensuring that all segments of society are provided with the opportunity to take part in a free and fair political process. For Israel, this means ensuring that the Bedouin population has equal opportunity to place their vote in the upcoming election.

Reimagining Zionism for the 21st Century
Op-ed

Reimagining Zionism for the 21st Century

Based on her address to a special event in Basel, Switzerland, marking the 125th anniversary of the first Zionist Congress, Shlomit Ravitsky Tur-Paz, calls for today’s generation to view Zionism not only as a vehicle for building a state, but also for enhancing and enriching Israeli society.

Where are Haredim Headed? Towards Isolation or Integration?
Op-ed

Where are Haredim Headed? Towards Isolation or Integration?

125 years ago, Herzl failed to convince ultra-Orthodox leadership to join the Zionist movement, and while their leadership did sign the Declaration of Independence in 1948, they Haredim remained in their “enclave” communities. Now, if modern-day Israel is to continue to thrive, integration of the ultra-Orthodox is crucial

Israel Only Parliamentary Democracy With MPs Serving on Central Election Committee
Press Release

Israel Only Parliamentary Democracy With MPs Serving on Central Election Committee

The study, by Dr. Dana Blander, finds that Israel is the only country where sitting members of parliament serve as members of the body that administers and oversees the elections, without any threshold conditions. The members of Knesset and the other members that are party representatives sitting on the Central Election Committee have the authority to make consequential decisions regarding to the election they themselves are usually competing in - including disqualifying lists and the candidates running against them in the election.

Reserved Candidate Slots for Women: A Tool for Improving Society or a Double-Edged Sword?
Op-ed

Reserved Candidate Slots for Women: A Tool for Improving Society or a Double-Edged Sword?

The dramatic differences among the different parties in terms of women’s representation in realistic candidate slots raise the question of what has gone wrong with the gender quota system. One simple recommendation for gradually increasing these quotas could radically change the situation and help ensure equitable representation for women

Only Half of Israelis Intend to Repeat Their 2021 Vote
Israeli Voice Index

Only Half of Israelis Intend to Repeat Their 2021 Vote

Half of Israelis intend to vote for the same party they voted for in the previous (2021) elections and almost one-quarter of respondents say that they have not yet decided which party to vote for in the November 1st election

Jewish Israeli Voters Moving Right - Analysis
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Jewish Israeli Voters Moving Right - Analysis

New analysis by Dr. Or Anabi reveals a strong correlation between those who identify as left-wing and their votes for parties categorized on the left. The same applies to Israelis who places themselves in the ideological center. By contrast, the voting patterns of Israelis who identify on the right is more complicated with many voting for parties thought to fall outside of the traditionally-defined right-wing bloc.

How to Tackle Inflation
Op-ed

How to Tackle Inflation

Former Governor of the Bank of Israel Prof. Karnit Flug, explains what lies behind the recent wave of the rise in prices; what is the main tool for dealing with inflation, and how this relates to wage agreements in the public-sector. She makes is clear that we are not back where we were in the 1980s, but, we must deal with the situation without delay.

New School Year, Same Old Story
Op-ed

New School Year, Same Old Story

In order to make a fundamental change we must start treating teaching as a national-priority profession

Israelis Say That Food and Housing Are Highest Expenditures
Special Survey

Israelis Say That Food and Housing Are Highest Expenditures

A special IDI survey found that Israelis say that while there has been an 8.5% rise in their expenses over the past year, wages have remained stagnant – and even declined. The public is also split on which type of government after November’s election would deal best with the high cost of living.

Before the Next Round: Establishing Sound Procedures for National Security Decisions
Op-ed

Before the Next Round: Establishing Sound Procedures for National Security Decisions

Operation Breaking Dawn was brief and successful, nevertheless the decision-making process for matters of national security must be reformed to deal also with worst-case scenarios

Generals in Israeli Politics
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Generals in Israeli Politics

Former IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot’s decision to join Benny Gantz and Gideon Sa’ar’s new political framework is a part of a long-standing trend in which retired IDF chiefs of staff join the political system.

How do Israeli Parties Choose Their Candidates
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How do Israeli Parties Choose Their Candidates

The election campaign for the 25th Knesset is in its early stages, and one of the key landmarks is September 15th when all the parties contending must submit their list of candidates.

President Biden’s Visit, in Retrospect
Israeli Voice Index

President Biden’s Visit, in Retrospect

After President Biden's visit to Israel, more Israelis are convinced of his commitment to ensuring Israel’s security when negotiating with Iran.

Israelis Say They Base Their Vote on Party’s Economic Platform
Israeli Voice Index

Israelis Say They Base Their Vote on Party’s Economic Platform

The Israeli Voice Index for July 2022 found that the main factor influencing Israelis’ consideration when voting is the party’s platform on economic issues and its plan for coping with the high cost of living (44%). 24% of respondents say that the party head is their top factor in deciding which slate to vote for

How Many Followers Did Rabbi Weiss Really Have?

How Many Followers Did Rabbi Weiss Really Have?

While its size may be small, the Edah Haredit ultra-Orthodox group has significant influence over the Haredi society as well as the general Israeli public.

Voting Patterns of Jewish Israelis in the March 2021 Elections by Religious Affiliation
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Voting Patterns of Jewish Israelis in the March 2021 Elections by Religious Affiliation

How much does religious affiliation influence the votes that Israelis cast in the ballot box? Central Bureau of Statistics data and Viterbi Center surveys are used to present a comprehensive picture.

The Demographic Characteristics of Voters
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The Demographic Characteristics of Voters

The data reveals that Israel’s political system is split by many overlapping divisions - along identity and status lines – making it is far more difficult to change voters’ positions and further contributing to the current political stalemate.

Who Does the Seat in Parliament Belong to The Party Faction or its Individual Member?
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Who Does the Seat in Parliament Belong to The Party Faction or its Individual Member?

Israel has a closed electoral system, so that on election day, the country’s citizens do not vote for individual representatives, but rather-for a list, which subsequently evolves into a faction in the Knesset. What does that mean in terms of balancing the power between the party and  individual parliament members?

The 24th Knesset in Numbers
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The 24th Knesset in Numbers

The 24th Knesset has dispersed, around a year and a quarter since it was sworn in. The most prominent finding in the following review is that this Knesset continued the trend set by its predecessor: Both saw a dramatic increase in the number of private members’ bills put forward, and a dramatic reduction in the proportion of such bills that passed a third reading and became laws.

Does the Yamina and Derech Eretz Merger Bring More Stability?
Op-ed

Does the Yamina and Derech Eretz Merger Bring More Stability?

Joint lists decrease political polarization in the Knesset, but this might not hold true when it comes to artificial mergers and parties that have never proven that they represent a significant portion of the population.

The Center: Yesh Atid, New Hope, Blue and White and Yisrael Beitenu Voters
Israeli Voice Index

The Center: Yesh Atid, New Hope, Blue and White and Yisrael Beitenu Voters

The Center of the Israeli political map is fluid and is still developing a systematic and uniform ideological worldview. What do we know about its voters?

IDI’s 2020-2021 Biennial Report

IDI’s 2020-2021 Biennial Report

The political crisis that afflicted Israel in late 2019, and the global pandemic that followed close on its heels, set the stage for a unique period of institutional development and activity at IDI.

IDI’s newly released Biennial Report provides a detailed look into how IDI experts met the unprecedented challenges of 2020-2021.

Read about IDI’s key policy initiatives, new people and programs, and the important role played by our supporters and partners in Israel and around the world.

More Supply than Demand: Israel’s Labor Market
Op-ed

More Supply than Demand: Israel’s Labor Market

Behind the record number of job openings, in an age of full employment and an economy with rapid growth, what steps can the government take to promote the inclusion of workers currently outside the job market and to help businesses?

3 Comments on the Labor Party Leadership Primaries
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3 Comments on the Labor Party Leadership Primaries

Merav Michaeli just became the first Labor leader to win reelection since the party adopted the ‘primaries’ system in 1992. IDI expert Prof. Ofer Kenig presents three pertinent insights on the state of democracy in the party founded by the leaders who established Israel.

President Biden’s Visit to Israel: Special Survey
Israeli Voice Index

President Biden’s Visit to Israel: Special Survey

Ahead of President Biden’s visit to Israel, a special IDI survey finds that Israelis are wary about the prospect of a new deal with Iran and split on the possibility that the presidential visit will lead to normalization with Saudi Arabia.

Restoring Hope to Israel’s Arab Citizens Offers Hope for All Israelis
Op-ed

Restoring Hope to Israel’s Arab Citizens Offers Hope for All Israelis

The expected drop in voter turnout among Arab citizens and their representation in Knesset, regardless of who wins or loses these elections, poses a real threat to the political system as a whole.

Majority Think Low Chances Next Election will End Gridlock
Israeli Voice Index

Majority Think Low Chances Next Election will End Gridlock

51% of Israelis are satisfied with the decision to hold new elections and 62.5% will vote for the same party as the last election; 57.5% of Israelis think that there is a low likelihood of a stable government being formed after the election

Behind the Dissolution of the Knesset
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Behind the Dissolution of the Knesset

What majority is required to pass a law to dissolve the Knesset on the various readings? After the Knesset is dissolved, how do it and the Government function? What do things look like right now?