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Anti-Terror Tools Should Not be Used by Civilian Police Forces
Op-ed

Anti-Terror Tools Should Not be Used by Civilian Police Forces

The debate as to how to define surveillances software in legislation, and when it may or may not be used misses the point entirely. The bigger question is if law enforcement agencies should be using anti-terror technologies at all.

Suspected Illegal Police Surveillance Necessitates New Legislation and Enforcement

Suspected Illegal Police Surveillance Necessitates New Legislation and Enforcement

"If these reports prove true, the activities attributed to the police cast a shadow on Israeli democracy and the rule of law and imply an appalling lack of respect for the checks and balances between the branches of government that form the basis of all democracies"

The Israeli Public Has a Right to Know About Illegal Surveillance
Op-ed

The Israeli Public Has a Right to Know About Illegal Surveillance

Innocent Israelis should have the right to know about illegal surveillance– and the appropriate tools at their disposal to hold those responsible accountable for infringements on their privacy.

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Noa Barak-Weshler Named Director of Media and Marketing for the Israel Democracy Institute

Noa Barak-Weshler is the new Director of Marketing and Media for the Israel Democracy Institute. In this capacity she will run its Spokesperson’s and Public Relations office, including responsibility for public campaigns, online conferences, and branding.

Half of Israelis Think That Judges Rubber-Stamp Surveillance Warrants
Israeli Voice Index

Half of Israelis Think That Judges Rubber-Stamp Surveillance Warrants

A large majority of Israelis justify surveillance in cases of suspicion of security transgressions, criminal or pedophilic activity. Only a minority justifies such measures in cases of anti-government activity.

Israel’s ‘Selfie’ – The 2021 Israeli Democracy Index
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Israel’s ‘Selfie’ – The 2021 Israeli Democracy Index

Yohanan Plesner and Prof. Tamar Hermann discuss the 2021 Israeli Democracy Index presented to President Isaac Herzog earlier this month. Published annually since 2003, the Democracy Index provides an in-depth assessment of Israeli democracy based on a comprehensive survey of public opinion. The Index’s analysis of survey findings creates a database for informed decision-making among policymakers seeking to strengthen Israeli democracy.

Israeli Police: From Warrantless Cellphone Searches to Controversial Misuse of Spyware
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Israeli Police: From Warrantless Cellphone Searches to Controversial Misuse of Spyware

Israel’s rules governing privacy and related laws have experienced a dramatic past few weeks. These developments started with an Israeli Supreme Court ruling in favor of relaxed rules governing cellphone search warrants and ended with an expose revealing that Israeli police have been using NSO Group spyware allegedly without warrants or explicit statutory authorization.

NSO in Israel: Would You Let the Police Handle Uranium?
Op-ed

NSO in Israel: Would You Let the Police Handle Uranium?

NSO-Israel Police affair proves we need to rethink the way we oversee surveillance technologies. The solution: Israel needs a privacy czar

The NSO Affair – What is Allowed and What is Forbidden in Online Surveillance?
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The NSO Affair – What is Allowed and What is Forbidden in Online Surveillance?

Does the law allow the use of spyware against any citizen, and who oversees the process? Is there any way of knowing if we are being followed? IDI experts explain

The Tenure on the Bench of Supreme Court Justices
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The Tenure on the Bench of Supreme Court Justices

Among assertions that a limited tenure for justices would prevent excessive influence by past governments on the current composition of the Supreme Court bench and allow the current government to replace a larger number of justices - what is the average tenure of Israeli Supreme Court justices?

The NSO Scandal Should be an Earthquake for the Israel Police
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The NSO Scandal Should be an Earthquake for the Israel Police

Recent media reports alleging that the police are using controversial surveillance software to spy on Israeli citizens has troubling implications and the current Protection of Privacy Law is not equipped to cope with today’s reality. Israel badly needs new legislation that is up to the challenges of the information age.

Ambassador Briefing - Israeli Democracy Index 2021
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Ambassador Briefing - Israeli Democracy Index 2021

IDI President Yohanan Plesner and Prof. Tamar Herman present the the main findings of the 2021 Israel Democracy Index to dozens of foreign ambassadors stations in Israel.

Q&A: Plea Bargain Agreements
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Q&A: Plea Bargain Agreements

As former Prime Minister Netanyahu weighs the option of a plea bargain, IDI experts weigh in on the legal standing of such an agreement and its ramifications.

Happy 73rd Birthday, Knesset!

Happy 73rd Birthday, Knesset!

As the Knesset, Israel’s legislature, marks its 73rd birthday, IDI is taking the opportunity to reflect on two of its characteristics; the social composition of its membership and its size as compared with other countries.

Israel’s Governmental Institutions Must be Strengthened
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Israel’s Governmental Institutions Must be Strengthened

There should be a real commitment to improving Israel's political system and correcting its flaws.

Israeli Democracy as Reflected in International Indexes
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Israeli Democracy as Reflected in International Indexes

Israel is facing many challenges. But in light of the relatively moderate change in most of its index scores, we may draw a modicum of encouragement about the strength and resilience of our democracy.

Pandemic Dictates Substantial Changes
Israeli Voice Index

Pandemic Dictates Substantial Changes

54% of Israeli say that the pandemic has caused them to change their daily routine, and 45% said that they have made significant changes such as switching jobs or halting their studies. As 2021 drew to a close, more than a quarter of those participating in the survey said they are considering or intending to leave their current workplace in the foreseeable future.

 

Restoring Public Trust in the IDF
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Restoring Public Trust in the IDF

The decline in public trust in the IDF is troubling – especially among youngers Israelis who will soon fill the IDF’s ranks. What can be done to reverse this trend?

Ministry Adopts IDI's Investor's Regulatory Roadmap
Press Release

Ministry Adopts IDI's Investor's Regulatory Roadmap

IDI welcomed the adoption of its recommendations by Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked who announced the implementation of the Investor's Regulatory Roadmap Report, first published at IDI’s 2018 Eli Hurvitz Conference.

Israel’s Counterterrorism Designation Regime: A Process in Need of Reform

Israel’s Counterterrorism Designation Regime: A Process in Need of Reform

Granting the executive broad authority to target entities and individuals on the basis of secret evidence is problematic and the process must be reformed

Israel’s Rabbinate Should Welcome These Kashrut and Conversion Reforms
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Israel’s Rabbinate Should Welcome These Kashrut and Conversion Reforms

They do reduce the Rabbinate's centralized power, but in very different ways, which fundamentally upholds the rabbis' authority, rather than undermining it

Trust is on the Wane
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Trust is on the Wane

Despite a decline in trust - the public still believes that in the Court’s role as a professional independent entity and guardian of democratic principles.

67% of Israelis Want to Transfer More Power from Government to Local Authorities

67% of Israelis Want to Transfer More Power from Government to Local Authorities

Israelis express a high degree of trust in their municipalities and there is strong support for transferring more authority away from national government ministries to local authorities.

2021 Israeli Democracy Index: Israel’s Legal System
Special Survey

2021 Israeli Democracy Index: Israel’s Legal System

A small majority agree that the Supreme Court should have the power to overturn laws passed by the Knesset when democratic principles are contradicted, while a high rate of the Israeli public, primarily from the right-wing and ultra-Orthodox, believe that the selection of judges in Israel is based on political considerations.

Israeli Democracy Index 2021: Democratic Values
Special Survey

Israeli Democracy Index 2021: Democratic Values

The 2021 Democracy Index reveals a complex picture regarding the level of public trust in key institutions and officials, 46% of respondents say that tensions between Jews and Arabs is the fiercest tension in Israeli society

Israeli Democracy Index 2021: Trust
Special Survey

Israeli Democracy Index 2021: Trust

IDI's 2021 Israeli Democracy Index shows a decline in trust in most state institutions

Political Reform: The Imperative of the Hour
Op-ed

Political Reform: The Imperative of the Hour

Critical reforms are necessary to ensure the quality and future of Israeli democracy

Most Israelis Want Term Limits for Local Rabbis
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Most Israelis Want Term Limits for Local Rabbis

Most of the public support limiting local authority rabbis' term of service to five years and giving them the option to be re-appointed at the end of each term

Two Thirds of Ultra-Orthodox Are Online
Special Survey

Two Thirds of Ultra-Orthodox Are Online

Despite public criticism, two thirds of ultra-Orthodox Israelis are now online

An Increase Among Ultra-Orthodox Men Enrollment in Higher Education and Yeshivas
Special Survey

An Increase Among Ultra-Orthodox Men Enrollment in Higher Education and Yeshivas

Ultra-Orthodox Jews now make up 13% of Israelis, and are continuing to grow rapidly. In 2020, the pandemic led to an increase in the number of applicants for professional and academic training, especially among ultra-Orthodox men