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What Really Lies behind the Rabbis’ Directive on Modesty?
Op-ed

What Really Lies behind the Rabbis’ Directive on Modesty?

What really lies behind the most recent rabbinical directive on modesty in the IDF - and how does it pits religious soldiers against IDF's core values to the extent of risking insubordination. 

The Coming Capitalist Revolution
Op-ed

The Coming Capitalist Revolution

Profit remains the ultimate objective, but the focus should be on profit for all those with a stake in a company, and not just its shareholders

Majority of Israelis Support their Parties Joining a Blue and White Coalition
Israeli Voice Index

Majority of Israelis Support their Parties Joining a Blue and White Coalition

October 2019 Israeli Voice Index revealed a decline in Israelis’ assessment of President Trump’s commitment to Israel’s security. The survey also found that 62% of Israelis support the parties they voted for in the last elections joining a Blue and White led coalition.

The Golem Turns on its Creator
Op-ed

The Golem Turns on its Creator

As a rule, it is not just their extremist ideology that has sent them to camp on the hilltops, but also the alternative they have chosen to replace the staid, bourgeois life they left behind.

Ease of Doing Business 2020 Index
Press Release

Ease of Doing Business 2020 Index

In response to the Ease of Doing Business 2020 index that was published this morning, Daphna Aviram-Nitzan, director of the Center for Governance and Economics at the Israel Democracy Institute, who leads the regulation reduction project at the Institute, commented on Israel moving up 14 slots to the 35th place after 5 points improvement last year.

Netanyahu's Future
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Netanyahu's Future

Benjamin Netanyahu's legal problems are at the center of the current political quagmire. So what do Israelis think about the legal situation and what are the possible resolutions?

Despite The Election Tumult, Israeli Democracy Dodged A Bullet
Op-ed

Despite The Election Tumult, Israeli Democracy Dodged A Bullet

Coalition negotiations continue and Israel does not yet have a government - but one thing is certain - Israeli democracy dodged a bullet.

The Rule of Law: The Attack on the Principle of “All are Subject to the Law” in Israel
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The Rule of Law: The Attack on the Principle of “All are Subject to the Law” in Israel

Like all democracies, the principle of the "Rule of Law" exits in Israel. In recent years, there have been quite a few attempts to overcome this tenant, potentially causing long-lasting damage to public confidence in the justice system. Dr. Fuchs explains.

Ultra-Orthodox Service in the IDF: An Ongoing Struggle
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Ultra-Orthodox Service in the IDF: An Ongoing Struggle

The tension between the "military service for all" and "exemption for all" represents the tradeoff between the quest for equality and the existing political-social reality.

Majority of Israelis Think Netanyahu Should Resign
Press Release

Majority of Israelis Think Netanyahu Should Resign

After Netanyahu returns mandate to the President: Most Israelis support a system based on 2 large parties and a Netanyahu-Gantz rotation for the position of prime minister. 53.5% of Israelis think Netanyahu should resign immediately, while almost half (47%) of right-wing voters believe that Netanyahu should resign if indicted.

 

Benjamin Netanyahu Fails to Form a Government – What Happens Next?
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Benjamin Netanyahu Fails to Form a Government – What Happens Next?

While we cannot know for sure if Benny Gantz will succeed where Benjamin Netanyahu has failed, we can state with certainty that our political system of the past year has been characterized by deadlock, and this is not expected to end in the near future.

A Pyrrhic Victory
Op-ed

A Pyrrhic Victory

The results speak for themselves. Shas, headed by Arye Deri, registered a resounding success with traditional voters. But is this a long term victory?

A Mutual Defense Treaty With the United States—A Complicated Proposition for Israel
Op-ed

A Mutual Defense Treaty With the United States—A Complicated Proposition for Israel

Supporters and opponents argue the pros and cons of such a deal but instead of asking whether a mutual defense treaty would be good or bad for Israel, it would be better to focus on the specific elements of such a treaty.

 

Did the September Election Solve Anything?
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Did the September Election Solve Anything?

The failure to form a government in April and the subsequent second election surprised Israelis. Now, they might need to go to the polls for a third election in early 2020. What do Israelis think about this unprecedented political reality?

60% of Jewish Israelis Plan to Fast on Yom Kippur
Press Release

60% of Jewish Israelis Plan to Fast on Yom Kippur

With Yom Kippur (the Day of Attornment) upon us, our Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research checked how Israelis plan on marking the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar.

A Majority of Israelis Prefer a Unity Government
Israeli Voice Index

A Majority of Israelis Prefer a Unity Government

September 2019 Israeli Voice Index found that a majority of Israelis prefer a unity government. Additionally the majority of Israelis do not think the State should offer Benjamin Netanyahu a plea bargain or that he would agree to one.

Facing Their Destiny
Op-ed

Facing Their Destiny

All of us face the dread of the unknown future and the fate it holds for us.

Privacy in a Digital World
Op-ed

Privacy in a Digital World

Technological progress has created a situation of severe tension and incompatibility between the right to privacy and the extensive data pooling on which the digital economy is based. This development requires new thinking about the substance of that right.

In Praise of Normalcy
Op-ed

In Praise of Normalcy

Despite all the fears, voter turnout was quite respectable (the third-highest rate in the seven elections this century).

Jewish or Democratic? We Mustn’t Choose Between Them
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Jewish or Democratic? We Mustn’t Choose Between Them

Recent elections have brought to fore the struggle between religion and state - the balance between the constitutional elecemtns and the place of religion. In this tug-of-war, a compromise can be the only victory.

Proportionality and the Right to Equality
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Proportionality and the Right to Equality

This article focuses on the overlap and interaction between the doctrine of proportionality and other doctrines used to assess the constitutionality of state violations of the right to equality

Proportionality and Policy Analysis: An Integrative Discussion and Its Implications
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Proportionality and Policy Analysis: An Integrative Discussion and Its Implications

In this paper, we present the first integrative discussion of policy analysis and legal proportionality in order to specify a method of meaningful integration of the proportionality requirements into policy analysis.

Farewell Elections, Hello 35th Government
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Farewell Elections, Hello 35th Government

The strangest and most polarizing election in Israel’s history is now over. The people have spoken, and we’re now entering the next stage of the political lifecycle: forming a new government. What are the rules governing this process, and what can be learned from a historical and comparative perspective?

 

September 2019 Elections - Initial Analysis
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September 2019 Elections - Initial Analysis

After an unprecedented second round of elections - the final outcome is still unclear. We’re now entering the next stage of the political lifecycle: coalition negotiations - Dr. Kenig explains what’s next

Democracy: Rule of the People?
Op-ed

Democracy: Rule of the People?

The recent wave of populism forces us to sharpen our understanding of the literal meaning of 'democracy' and 'the rule of the people' as well as the accepted definition of liberal democracy

Post-Election Scenarios and the Case for Unity
Op-ed

Post-Election Scenarios and the Case for Unity

Of the three realistic options, a unity government seems optimal. The other possibilities - a third round of voting or a narrow, right-wing government - carry exorbitant price tags.

The Knesset and the Court: Is This Israel’s Override Election?
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The Knesset and the Court: Is This Israel’s Override Election?

"This election will be less about which candidate ends up as prime minister, but rather the real possibility of radical judicial reforms that might soon pass in the Knesset and which would limit the Supreme Court’s ability to perform crucial oversight over the political system."

Whatever Happened to the Override Clause?
Op-ed

Whatever Happened to the Override Clause?

It turns out that voters actually want robust judicial oversight - which explains why the Override Clause and placing limitations on judicial review have not been prominant in the election campaign

Camera Bill Legislation: Misuse of Political Power of a Transitional Government
Press Release

Camera Bill Legislation: Misuse of Political Power of a Transitional Government

An unprecedented decision that adversely affects the status of the Attorney General and constituted a misuse of political power by a transitional government.

 

Defending Women’s Rights to Serve Equally
Op-ed

Defending Women’s Rights to Serve Equally

Creating a gender-equal military is a complicated task, but the IDF must not forget its responsibility, nevertheless many Israeli soldiers have not been trained on gender equality says Idit Shafran Gittleman.