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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?
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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
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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
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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?

Five (Elections) in Less Than Four (Years)
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Five (Elections) in Less Than Four (Years)

Israel is about to hold its fifth election in less than four years. With elections taking place every 2.4 years, this places Israel first in the world in terms of frequencies of elections since 1996.

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

Changes in the New Labor Market: A Tasks and Skills Analysis
Research

Changes in the New Labor Market: A Tasks and Skills Analysis

The rapid rate of technological development requires an examination of the changes in demand for workers, specifically in terms of the tasks that make up different occupations. This study offers such an examination along with recommendations for action

Israel’s Future Labor Market will Further Widen Gaps Between Jews and Arabs and Reduce Gender Gaps
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Israel’s Future Labor Market will Further Widen Gaps Between Jews and Arabs and Reduce Gender Gaps

A new study by IDI experts Prof. Yotam Margalit, Gabriel Gordon and Zak Hirsch finds that the Israeli Economy is transitioning towards occupations in which the main tasks require high analytical abilities and to a lesser extent interpersonal abilities. Occupations which mainly require routine-physical abilities are diminishing rapidly

Is There Any Way Out of Israel's Never Ending Election Cycle?
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Is There Any Way Out of Israel's Never Ending Election Cycle?

As Israel prepares for the dispersal of the Knesset, which will lead to the fifth election in less than four years, CNN's Hadas Gold spoke with Yohanan Plesner to unpack what all this means

Eli Hurvitz Conference Day 2 Summary
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Eli Hurvitz Conference Day 2 Summary

“The issue I want to talk about is extremists versus moderates. Those who want to destroy and tear apart, versus those who want to build. And that’s what these elections are about. This is the struggle we have to win.” Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid 

Intergenerational Mobility in Israel: Do Gaps Get Smaller from Generation to Generation?
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Intergenerational Mobility in Israel: Do Gaps Get Smaller from Generation to Generation?

This study examines patterns of intergenerational mobility and found considerable differences between different population groups

Innovation as a Growth Accelerator
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Innovation as a Growth Accelerator

Israel hi-tech sectors is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, accounting for around 10% of jobs in the country - but innovation to be limited to what is still a minority of the workforce. 

Intergenerational Mobility in Israel is Relatively Low
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Intergenerational Mobility in Israel is Relatively Low

New IDI study finds that only 14% of Israeli children in the bottom income quartile will reach the top quartile

Climate Innovation Report
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Climate Innovation Report

This report presents the results of the work led jointly by the Israel Democracy Institute and the Israel Innovation Institute - a proposal for government policy to promote climate innovation

Public Opinion Survey on Socioeconomic Issues
Research

Public Opinion Survey on Socioeconomic Issues

Despite the health and economic crisis that has affected Israel since March 2020, the share of those who say they are satisfied with their economic situation (“somewhat satisfied” or “very satisfied”) has risen from 28% in the summer of 2019 to around 33% in May 2022.

Eli Hurvitz Conference Day 1 Summary
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Eli Hurvitz Conference Day 1 Summary

Tamar Zandberg Minister of Environmental Protection: “On Sunday, together with Minister Karine Elharrar and Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen, we will bring a precedent-setting NIS 3 billion government decision to promote innovation & climate change. This decision includes many of the removal of barriers proposed by the Israel Democracy Institute”