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The Next Destination of Young Ultra-Orthodox Couples
Op-ed

The Next Destination of Young Ultra-Orthodox Couples

How do young ultra-Orthodox couples cope with the housing crisis? The most recent figures on home-buying point to a change of the trend in the ultra-Orthodox internal migration. This change poses a challenge, but also an opportunity. How should the state respond?

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The Ultra-Orthodox Housing Crisis

Israel’s housing crisis is affecting the ultra-Orthodox community as well. Housing costs in these communities are skyrocketing and young families are moving to the country’s periphery. What kind of apartments are they buying? What does their financing look like? 

Conversion: Joining a Religion or Joining a Nation?
Op-ed

Conversion: Joining a Religion or Joining a Nation?

The rigid halakhic position might make conversion irrelevant as the integration of “non-Jewish Jews” into Israeli society will soon legitimize the sociological path to becoming a Jew, outside the bounds of religion, and make conversion superfluous.

How Jewish Israelis Feel Towards Non-Jews and the Current Conversion Process – Shavuot Survey
Israeli Voice Index

How Jewish Israelis Feel Towards Non-Jews and the Current Conversion Process – Shavuot Survey

Conversion is a central theme of the upcoming holiday of Shavuot when the biblical story of Ruth the Moabite – widely considered the first convert to Judaism – is traditionally read. In the spirit of the holiday, we decided to examine what types of relationships Jewish Israelis are ready to have with non-Jews. We also looked into what Jewish Israeli think about the topic of conversions in general and the conversion process in Israel in particular.

Study Reveals: Proportionality in War Still a Riddle
Article

Study Reveals: Proportionality in War Still a Riddle

Israeli military officers are less tolerant of higher civilian casualties than their American counterparts.

Human Rights in an Age of Populism
Op-ed

Human Rights in an Age of Populism

The story of liberal democracies in the late 20th and early 21st centuries has been, to a large extent, the story of protecting personal liberties by independent democratic institutions.

Is Israel's Democracy in Crisis?
Article

Is Israel's Democracy in Crisis?

IDI’s President Yohanan Plesner and Canadian jurist Irwin Cotler on the challenges facing Israeli democracy in the months ahead.

Solidifying the Israel-Diaspora Relationship
Op-ed

Solidifying the Israel-Diaspora Relationship

Is it conceivable, for example, that a legislative body would enact a tax that would never apply, to its own members?

Adapting to the Future Job Market
Article

Adapting to the Future Job Market

Reframing the eco-system to prepare for Israel’s job market of the future.

How to Eradicate Government Corruption
Op-ed

How to Eradicate Government Corruption

Among other things, government corruption deals a blow to the country’s economic vitality, and makes it less attractive to investors and entrepreneurs.

Defending Israeli Elections Against the Digital Onslaught

Defending Israeli Elections Against the Digital Onslaught

Today, Israeli election law focuses on banning propaganda conducted by means of boats and planes (e.g. adverts on them).

The Ultra-Orthodox Community on the Conservatism-Modernism Spectrum
Op-ed

The Ultra-Orthodox Community on the Conservatism-Modernism Spectrum

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox sector is less homogeneous than most assume.

Arab Israeli Women Joining the Labor Force in Large Numbers
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Arab Israeli Women Joining the Labor Force in Large Numbers

Are these encouraging numbers the harbinger for positive change in Israeli society?

The Anatomy of the Conscription Law Debate
Op-ed

The Anatomy of the Conscription Law Debate

The Conscription Law and the repeated crises it has generated, are a classic example of the Israeli political system’s inability to deal with the country’s fundamental problems

We the People: Democracy in the Age of Populism
Op-ed

We the People: Democracy in the Age of Populism

Populism means different things to different people – and political populism has an even more sinister meaning

Stop this March of Folly
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Stop this March of Folly

“The future coalition aspires to replace the current “judicialization of Israeli life” with the “politicization of Israel law”, says Yedidia Stern

A Needle on the Israeli Compass
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A Needle on the Israeli Compass

The conservatives who think the court is moved by a malicious intent to stamp out politics are mistaken. Our High Court of Justice is squeaky clean, and of the highest possible caliber

Immunity from Criminal Prosecution: An International Comparison
Article

Immunity from Criminal Prosecution: An International Comparison

In Israel the proposed Immunity Law is central to coalition negotiations - yet around the globe there is a gradual but significant process of reducing the scope of procedural immunity. See how Israel compares with democracies around the world

What if Netanyahu Fails to Form a Coalition? Explainer
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What if Netanyahu Fails to Form a Coalition? Explainer

What if Netanyahu fails to form a coalition? Will Israel find itself again holding elections? Although unlikely – Dr. Ofer Kenig explains the possibilities

Comprehensive Peace Agreement & Unilateral Withdrawl
Israeli Voice Index

Comprehensive Peace Agreement & Unilateral Withdrawl

The Israeli Voice Index finds that 58% of Israelis think that signing a peace agreement will positively contribute to Israel’s international status, while 56% think that if Israel would withdraw unilaterally from the West Bank it would NOT improve Israel’s international status

62% Oppose the Immunity Law
Israeli Voice Index

62% Oppose the Immunity Law

A special survey finds that the 62% of the Israeli public is opposed to the Immunity Law, 47% think that if the law passes it should only be applied to new cases, and 39% oppose strengthening the Knesset at the expense of the courts

Don't Give Up on Our Country for Anyone's Personal Interests

Don't Give Up on Our Country for Anyone's Personal Interests

A deal is being negotiated behind closed doors: Immunity for the Prime Minister in return for obliteration of the justice system. All those who view yourselves as future leaders: show your political courage. History will judge you - do not enable this reckless initiative. Constitutional changes must only be made based upon a broad consensus at the conclusion of a serious public debate. They are not dark deals to be brokered in smoke-filled rooms at the expense of the public interest

Ramifications of Revoking Limitation on Number of Ministers
Press Release

Ramifications of Revoking Limitation on Number of Ministers

It wastes public funds, impairs government efficiency, and hinders its capacity to promote policy

The Weakest Constitution in the World
Op-ed

The Weakest Constitution in the World

The Override Clause would not alter the balance between the branches of government – it would shift the balance of power between the government and the governed

Everything you Wanted to Know About the Immunity Law
Article

Everything you Wanted to Know About the Immunity Law

IDI experts provide an overview to the proposed Immunity Law that would grant members of Knesset automatic immunity from criminal prosecution

Ultra-Orthodox National Civic Service
Article

Ultra-Orthodox National Civic Service

What is Wrong with the National Civic Service program for the Ultra-Orthodox and How to Reform It?

Legal Ramifications if Israel Decided to Annex the West Bank
Article

Legal Ramifications if Israel Decided to Annex the West Bank

Annexation would result in a continuous state of affairs in which two sets of laws apply to two adjacent populations and would undermine Israel’s democracy

The Liberal-Democratic Camp Will Keep on Losing Elections
Op-ed

The Liberal-Democratic Camp Will Keep on Losing Elections

Change will come only by engaging in an extended struggle over values, and by offering a true Jewish-democratic alternative in which both components are strong and complement one another

Wanted: A Minister of Transparency
Op-ed

Wanted: A Minister of Transparency

Government transparency means responsibility and accountability – core values that should be independent of political agenda

Israeli Voice Index: 82% of Israelis Are Proud of Country’s Achievements
Israeli Voice Index

Israeli Voice Index: 82% of Israelis Are Proud of Country’s Achievements

On the eve of Israel’s 71st Independence Day, 82% of the Israeli public thinks that the national balance of achievements shows more successes than failures and 62% think legal proceedings against Prime Minister Netanyahu should not be stopped, notwithstanding his success in the elections