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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

Israel at 71
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Israel at 71

On May 9th Israel will celebrate Independence Day, the 71st anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. What do Israelis think about the state of the country at the age of 71?

Proposed Immunity Bill – Contempt for the Rule of Law
Press Release

Proposed Immunity Bill – Contempt for the Rule of Law

The current proposal conveys a harsh message of contempt for the rule of law and is in sharp contrast to the current trend in democratic countries

Strengthening the 'Rule of Law' in Coalition Agreements
Press Release

Strengthening the 'Rule of Law' in Coalition Agreements

The Israel Democracy Institute calls on Parties to Demand Strengthening of 'Rule of Law' and 'Separation of Power's in Coalition Agreements.

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Op-ed

Ultra-Orthodox Recruitment Bill

The proposed draft law perpetuates inequality  and is dangerous to Israel’s long term security. If drastic changes are not made to encourage the ultra-Orthodox to serve in the military, it may increase inequality among young people in Israel threaten the IDF as the people's army, in which the burden to serve in the military is shared

So Few MKs, So Much to Do: The Knesset is Dysfunctional
Op-ed

So Few MKs, So Much to Do: The Knesset is Dysfunctional

Lawmakers sit on too many committees and propose too many laws. The fix starts with government members quitting the Knesset

The Return of the Override Clause? A Dangerous and Unnecessary Step
Op-ed

The Return of the Override Clause? A Dangerous and Unnecessary Step

Laws define the legal rules of our democracy and ensure the stability of the political system while guaranteeing individual rights and general public interest - enactment of the Override Clause would seriously undermine this balance.

The 20th Knesset in Numbers
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The 20th Knesset in Numbers

The current paper presents data on the parliamentary work of the MKs and parties in the outgoing Knesset. All the information is based on data taken from the Knesset archives and the Knesset’s Research and Information Center which are open to the public

Knesset Central Elections Committee is in Need of Reform
Op-ed

Knesset Central Elections Committee is in Need of Reform

A trustworthy and independent Central Elections Committee is essential for the holding of truly democratic elections – that is why a reform is overdue

Arab Votes for the 21st Knesset
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Arab Votes for the 21st Knesset

Arab turnout for the vote was the lowest in a decade – only 49% participated in the elections for the 21st Knesset – Arik Rudnitzky summarizes

Ultra-Orthodox Streamed to the Polls
Op-ed

Ultra-Orthodox Streamed to the Polls

Among the many surprises of last week’s election was the impressive performance by the ultra-Orthodox parties – how can we explain this dizzying success?

Reduce the Number of Ministers
Op-ed

Reduce the Number of Ministers

As talks begin toward the formation of a new government – it is an opportunity to call on the Prime Minister to keep the number of Ministers low

IDI's International Advisory Council Convenes for Eighth Meeting

IDI's International Advisory Council Convenes for Eighth Meeting

IDI's International Advisory Council met on April 12-14, 2019 for its eighth meeting since its inception in 2009. Council members joined a number of distinguished guests for three days of intensive seminars and sessions at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

And Now, Over to the Public
Op-ed

And Now, Over to the Public

After abysmal Arab voter turnout, it’s time for public action. Arabs in Israel are desperate for a new discourse and leaders who connect with them -- what they don't want is more ideology

From Isolation to Integration
Op-ed

From Isolation to Integration

Religious Zionism does not want to isolate itself, but rather to integrate.

Farewell Elections, Hello Government
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Farewell Elections, Hello Government

After an exhausting and polarizing election campaign, the people have spoken, and we’re now entering the next stage of the political lifecycle: forming a new government - Dr. Kenig explains what’s next

The 2019 Elections: Initial analysis

The 2019 Elections: Initial analysis

The 2019 election results mark the return of Israeli politics to two large lists. Voter turnout declined, as the parliamentary fragmentation. The impressing increase in female representation was halted, and the number of ex-generals will be the highest in decades. An initial analysis of the election results.  

Celebrating Voter’s Day
Op-ed

Celebrating Voter’s Day

Voter’s Day, between vicious campaigning and brutal coalition cobbling, lets us appreciate the great equalizer of 'one person, one vote'

Electoral Reform: Hope for Tomorrow
Op-ed

Electoral Reform: Hope for Tomorrow

The good news is that according to surveys that we published at the Israel Democracy Institute, there is widespread consensus among Israelis on many of the most significant issues our country faces

Too Much Religion in the Knesset?
Op-ed

Too Much Religion in the Knesset?

The best estimate is that the religious and ultra-Orthodox will account for nearly a third (!) of the next Knesset. Should we be concerned that the Knesset is getting more religious?

Israel Should Adopt Open-Primaries System on Election Day
Press Release

Israel Should Adopt Open-Primaries System on Election Day

The Israel Democracy Institute, the Kohelet Forum, Israel 2050, The National Union of Israeli Students, and the Israel Leadership Forum have joined together to call for the implementation of a "primaries on Election Day" system in Israel. This approach is often referred to among academics as the "semi-open ballot"

The Democracy Pavilion
Special Project

The Democracy Pavilion

The Democracy Pavilion, a unique multi-media experience, in full 360 degree technology, showcasing the values embedded in Israel’s Declaration of Independence, will open to the public on Independence Day.