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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
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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.

Economic Policy - Professional Independence and Long Term Planning
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Economic Policy - Professional Independence and Long Term Planning

Excerpts from the presentation of Prof. Karnit Flug, IDI’s newly appointed Vice President, at the ‘Globes’ Governors Conference”

Two Weeks to Election Day: IDI Poll Reveals Jewish Israelis are in Favor of a Unity Government
Israeli Voice Index

Two Weeks to Election Day: IDI Poll Reveals Jewish Israelis are in Favor of a Unity Government

The August 2019 Israeli Voice Index found that Jewish Israelis show a strong preference for a unity government while Arab Israelis prefer a center-left wing government led by Gantz and that over the past five months there has been a steady decline in the public’s optimism about the future of Israel’s democracy and security

Quarter of the Population Gives Government's Policies a Failing Grade
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Quarter of the Population Gives Government's Policies a Failing Grade

Two and a half weeks ahead of the elections, a special IDI survey reveals that the Israeli public gives government economic policies a failing grade and supports increasing the budgets allocated to health, education, welfare, and public transportation services

New School Year 2019
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New School Year 2019

The majority of the public would prefer to pay more taxes, in exchange for funding of education from birth for all Israeli children; The respondents defined the main factor impacting the quality of education, is the quality of teaching in schools; Moreover, most Israelis would not encourage their children to work as teachers in the future

Misery Loves Company
Op-ed

Misery Loves Company

In light of their demographic growth, the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel have to attempt to become part of in the broader Israeli society.

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Vocational Training


Vocational training in Israel used to be a success story, but lack of funding and management has severely compromised its effectiveness. Dr. Eitan Regev explains how this in turn impairs productivity and wages and what should be done to improve this important program.

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Ultra-Orthodox Education for Boys

Secular studies should be incorporated into the curriculum in ultra-Orthodox schools for boys, says Dr. Gilad Malach. It is vital to the future of Israeli economy and society and can be done without compromising Torah study.

The Supreme Court Doesn't "Tie Hands"
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The Supreme Court Doesn't "Tie Hands"

On claims that the High Court ties the security establishment's hands, Dr. Amir Fuchs says "the truth is that when authoritative figures from the defense establishment appear before the court to support some important security requirement, the court almost always adopts their argument".

Attempts to Curtail the Supreme Court
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Attempts to Curtail the Supreme Court

The Israel Democracy Institute offers a look inside efforts to reduce politicization of Israel's Supreme Court.

Religion and State: Israelis Seek Change in Existing Arrangements
Press Release

Religion and State: Israelis Seek Change in Existing Arrangements

Even though most Israelis support opening businesses & public transportation on Shabbat issues of religion and state will not decide the September elections

The Positions of the Israeli Right-Wing
Israeli Voice Index

The Positions of the Israeli Right-Wing

This special survey examines attitudes of right wing voters on a number of issues related to September's election including the possibility of a unity government and recent proposals that would limit judicial review and oversight of Knesset and government decisions. 

Overwhelming Support for Retaining Judicial Review Among Right Wing-Voters
Press Release

Overwhelming Support for Retaining Judicial Review Among Right Wing-Voters

A special IDI survey examined attitudes of right wing voters and found that 42% of right-wing voters support a unity government and that 43% oppose additional political power for elected officials at the expense of the Judicial Branch of government.