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Ahead of the Jewish New Year - National Mood Pessimistic
Israeli Voice Index

Ahead of the Jewish New Year - National Mood Pessimistic

Ahead of the Jewish New Year, 60% of Israelis define the national mood as "pessimistic." 52% of Jewish Israelis may skip their holiday meals if they include unvaccinated guests.

The Sins of the Digital Era
Op-ed

The Sins of the Digital Era

Social media narrows our range of information by spreading misinformation.

Religiously Democratic?
Podcast

Religiously Democratic?

Prof. Daniel Statman discusses his new co-authored book State and Religion is Israel, a joint legal and philosophical attempt to conceptualize the role of religion in democratic regimes.

Taking Attendance: Arab Teachers and Students in Israel’s Education System
Op-ed

Taking Attendance: Arab Teachers and Students in Israel’s Education System

Israel is at a shortage of teachers that is forcing schools to take drastic measures, but the Jewish schools are still not hiring Arab teachers.

What's the Point of an Apology?
Op-ed

What's the Point of an Apology?

In this season of slichot (penitence) we should ask ourselves - does the essence of apology lie in the sense of regret, or in its expression?

The Return of the International Arena
Op-ed

The Return of the International Arena

With international institutions once again a cornerstone of US foreign policy, Israel will have to adjust accordingly

Lowering the Age of Exemption will Lead Thousands of Haredim into the Labor Force
Press Release

Lowering the Age of Exemption will Lead Thousands of Haredim into the Labor Force

Congratulations to the Bennett government on approving the outline for lowering the age of the students exempted from service in the IDF to 21. This is a vital and necessary step that the Israel Democracy Institute has recommended in recent years. A kind of necessary evil that will lead in the short term to the entry of about 5,000 ultra-Orthodox into the labor market and thousands more in the coming years.

We Must not Squander the Opportunity for Real Change in Israeli Schools
Op-ed

We Must not Squander the Opportunity for Real Change in Israeli Schools

How many generations of Israelis will be educated without the tools they need to commit to the values of inclusion, respect for the other, and equality?

Lowering the Exemption Age for Military Service
Article

Lowering the Exemption Age for Military Service

Survey finds lowering the exemption age is not likely to reduce the number of ultra-Orthodox conscripts to the IDF, however it will encourage thousands of ultra-Orthodox men to enter the workforce.

What Solutions to the Conflict with the Palestinians are Acceptable to Israelis?
Israeli Voice Index

What Solutions to the Conflict with the Palestinians are Acceptable to Israelis?

41.5% of Jewish Israelis think that the solution to maintain the status-quo with the Palestinians is acceptable– 34% think the same of a two-state solution

Should Israeli Colleges Insist on Coed Classrooms?
Press Release

Should Israeli Colleges Insist on Coed Classrooms?

Dr. Gilad Malach is interviewed on Kan Radion on a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing institutions of higher learning to have separate classrooms for men and women and what the implications will be for the integration of the ultra-Orthodox into Israeli society.

NSO Spyware Scandal May Threaten Israel’s Love Affair With Amazon and Google
Op-ed

NSO Spyware Scandal May Threaten Israel’s Love Affair With Amazon and Google

Amazon reportedly cut NSO off from its AWS service - the same one that is supposed to support Israel’s new official state cloud. Could Jerusalem be cut off, too?

 

The NSO Affair: An Explainer
Article

The NSO Affair: An Explainer

The allegations against Israeli cyber-security company NSO have made international headlines. How could this affect the ‘Startup Nation?’

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

Q&A: The Failure to Extend the Citizenship Law
Article

Q&A: The Failure to Extend the Citizenship Law

The Knesset recently failed to pass an extension of the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law was adopted in 2003 as a temporary order. Israel's government must now reconsider whether there is indeed a security justification for the sweeping provisions that have been in place until now, and whether there are alternatives that can minimize the potential violation of human rights resulting from the original law.

Can Israel’s New Center Hold?
Op-ed

Can Israel’s New Center Hold?

Writing in Foreign Affairs, IDI President Yohanan Plesner notes that Netanyahu is out, but the crisis he thrived on remains.

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The President—A Rubber Stamp or a Shield of Democracy?

To ensure that the President is able to perform his or her symbolic role in the best possible way, it is important to distance the office as much as possible from political and social disagreements and debates.

Yair Lapid is Perceived as the “Most Influential” Figure  in the New Government

Yair Lapid is Perceived as the “Most Influential” Figure in the New Government

26% of Israelis think that Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid is the “most influential” figure in the government; in second place with 19% was Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and in third with 11% was Mansour Abbas.

Decision on Daycare Subsidies = Increased Motivation to Work
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Decision on Daycare Subsidies = Increased Motivation to Work

Dr. Gilad Malach on the Finance Minister's Decision Regarding Daycare Subsidies: "This is a welcome decision that will end the preferential treatment that ultra-Orthodox households have enjoyed"

How Revolutionary Was Israel’s ‘Constitutional Revolution’?
Podcast

How Revolutionary Was Israel’s ‘Constitutional Revolution’?

Prof. Amichai Cohen discusses his new book The Constitutional Revolution and Counter-Revolution, and explains the changing role of the High Court of Justice in maintaining the checks and balances of Israeli democracy.

 

A Decade Since the Social Protests, Summer 2011 – Highlights
Special Survey

A Decade Since the Social Protests, Summer 2011 – Highlights

A decade since the 2011 social protest, most Israelis think the social protest has failed to achieve its goals, with rising housing prices and growing gaps between rich and poor. On the other hand, most of them believe that the Balfour protest from the past year has actually succeeded. And despite everything, a large majority of the Israeli public still believes that public protests are an effective tool for influencing government policy

Governance vs. Governability: More Than Just Semantics
Podcast

Governance vs. Governability: More Than Just Semantics

Edna Harel-Fischer sits down with the Tel Aviv Review and unpacks the recent controversy around governance/governability in Israel: How did it become a partisan issue? And what is the role of the public service in safeguarding the will of the people?

An International Look at Israeli Democracy Under Benjamin Netanyahu
Article

An International Look at Israeli Democracy Under Benjamin Netanyahu

The new government offers a timely opportunity to review and assess Benjamin Netanyahu’s premiership in terms of its impact on Israeli democracy.

The Labor Market in the Post-COVID Era
Press Release

The Labor Market in the Post-COVID Era

Meirav Cohen, Minister of Social Equality: “Employers should be given incentives to choose older workers”

 

Israel's Macroeconomic Challenges in the Post-COVID World
Press Release

Israel's Macroeconomic Challenges in the Post-COVID World

“Two challenges hover above the rest – a stock market bubble and inflation”

 

The Macroeconomic Priorities of the New Government
Press Release

The Macroeconomic Priorities of the New Government

Avigdor Liberman, Minister of Finance, opened the first day of the 2021 Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society, saying: “We are after more than three years of political crisis without a budget, reforms or legislation. The economy ran on a kind of autopilot. We will now pursue a responsible policy, without deep cuts.

Formulating Climate Policy: The Private and Public Sectors Join Forces
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Formulating Climate Policy: The Private and Public Sectors Join Forces

Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg, Minister of Energy Karin Elharar, Minister of Transportation Merav Michaeli and Minister of Economy Orna Barbibai in a joint declaration at IDI's Conference: "We will cooperate on Israel's climate policy, to lead to an 85% reduction in Israel's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050."

A ‘Change Government?’ Not for Religion and State
Op-ed

A ‘Change Government?’ Not for Religion and State

There are many urgent things on the new government's desk - will they have the ability to tackle questions on religion and state?

Enough Talk about Decentralization – It’s Time for Action
Op-ed

Enough Talk about Decentralization – It’s Time for Action

There has been much talk and little action about the need to delegate powers to the local authorities. Now is the time for actual be movement on the ground.

So Long Ángel, and Thanks for All the Reforms
Op-ed

So Long Ángel, and Thanks for All the Reforms

Outgoing OECD Secretary General Ángel Gurría is a close friend of Israel whose name has become synonymous with the organization itself. Gurría's long tenure saw Israel implement a number of important OECD reforms, will this continue after his departure?