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The Facebook Bill Must Be Amended so that it Can Serve Its Original Purpose
Press Release

The Facebook Bill Must Be Amended so that it Can Serve Its Original Purpose

The Israel Democracy Institute applauds Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to reevaluate the Facebook Law which was initially formulated to help fight terrorism, but evolved into a draconian law that could set back the Start-Up Nation decades in terms of freedom of speech.

Nation-State Law Explainer
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Nation-State Law Explainer

The Israel Democracy Institute Answers Your Questions.

Israel’s Nation-State Bill Would Undermine Jewish Democracy

Israel’s Nation-State Bill Would Undermine Jewish Democracy

A Basic Law that seeks to define the character of the state but does not anchor the principle of civic equality has no place in the law book of any democracy.

Israel Is Repeating The Mistakes That Led To The Temple’s Destruction
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Israel Is Repeating The Mistakes That Led To The Temple’s Destruction

What message of Tisha B’Av is relevant for life in a sovereign state like Israel? Does the American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel make the day of mourning for “the city that is in mourning, laid waste, despised and desolate” an anachronism?

Is it time to do away with Tisha B’Av?
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Is it time to do away with Tisha B’Av?

Israel has evolved into an economic and military superpower; what must we mourn?

Proposed Facebook Bill - Dangerous Legal Precedent
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Proposed Facebook Bill - Dangerous Legal Precedent


Proposed Facebook bill circumvents standard legal procedure and threatens to transform Israel into a world leader in repression of free speech

The Nation State Bill is a Constitutional Abandonment of Diaspora Jewry
Op-ed

The Nation State Bill is a Constitutional Abandonment of Diaspora Jewry

This bill is superfluous and will do far more harm than good. In its newly revised version, the Nation-State Bill, which has been problematic since its inception, reaches new lows by effectively abandoning Diaspora Jewry. 

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Regulatory Roadmap for Investors

 The “Regulatory Roadmap for Investors” was initiated against the backdrop of the heavy bureaucratic and regulatory burden with which the business sector must contend when establishing new manufacturing plants and doing business in Israel.

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The Nation State Bill Bias

How can Israel - a light to the nations, and homeland for the Jewish People, fail to embrace equality for all, alongside commitment to the diaspora?

Letter to the Israeli Government on the Nation State Bill
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Letter to the Israeli Government on the Nation State Bill

The Israel Democracy Institute issued a letter to the Prime Minister regarding the Nation State Billl, asserting that if the value of equality is not anchored in the legislation alongside the other enumerated national characteristics of the state, the law may eventually erode Israel's democratic character

‘Special Interrogations,’ Confessions and the Duma Arson Attack
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‘Special Interrogations,’ Confessions and the Duma Arson Attack

The Lod district court decision illustrates the possible dangers to criminal defendant’s human rights though the expanding defense of necessity and the lack of separation between the preventive and criminal phases of the investigation.

Proposal for Amending Ultra-Orthodox Conscription Plan
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Proposal for Amending Ultra-Orthodox Conscription Plan

IDI puts forth analysis of why the proposed conscription plan for the ultra-Orthodox is problematic and offers an alternative approach

Calling on Our Leaders to Lead
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Calling on Our Leaders to Lead

Leading public figures avoid dealing with issues that are of national importance when it entails confronting the ultra-Orthodox community.

Will Trump’s Peace Plan Gain Traction?
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Will Trump’s Peace Plan Gain Traction?

The monthly Peace Index of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, published today, finds that most Israelis think that Trump’s peace plan won’t gain traction and that the IDF should directly target ‘terror kite’ assailants.

In Israeli Residency Case, Individual Responsibility vs. Collective Punishment
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In Israeli Residency Case, Individual Responsibility vs. Collective Punishment

While collective harm may be justified in some circumstances, collective punishment should never be allowed: one person’s rights should not be taken hostage to influence the behavior of others.

The Attack on Legal Oversight Threatens Us All
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The Attack on Legal Oversight Threatens Us All

Government-sponsored legislation proposing to change how ministry legal advisors are appointed has stirred up quite a storm. The idea should worry all of us, not only jurists.

A Misconstrued Perception of Who the "Bad Guys" Are
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A Misconstrued Perception of Who the "Bad Guys" Are

Behavioral ethics, a growing area within psychology and management literature, demonstrates that an individual’s unethical behavior is demonstrated through self-deception.

The Conscription Plan: Taking the Easy Route to Inequality
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The Conscription Plan: Taking the Easy Route to Inequality

Though many ultra-Orthodox politicians expressed outrage at the original publishing of this new bill, some view the proposal as a double achievement.

Jews Worldwide Must Resist The Power Grab Of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate
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Jews Worldwide Must Resist The Power Grab Of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

Step by step, the Chief Rabbinate is turning itself into the central source of halakhic legitimacy not just within Israel’s borders but beyond them, and becoming a global force through securing its power all over the Jewish world.

On Political Appointments of Legal Advisers in Government Ministries
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On Political Appointments of Legal Advisers in Government Ministries

The Israel Democracy Institute ahead of the Knesset Constitution Committee debate on political appointments of legal advisers in government ministries: "A blow to the civil service ethos; an opening for potential corruption, forsakes public interest".

Clarifying the IDF’s Record During the Gaza Riots
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Clarifying the IDF’s Record During the Gaza Riots

Israel’s supporters, who have the nation’s best interests at heart, should resist the urge to engage in partisan smear campaigns that attempt to tarnish the reputations of patriots who are on the frontlines of the struggle for Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish and democratic state. We have enough enemies on our borders.

Involving Arabs in political decision-making is right in principle and vital for Israel’s social cohesion
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Involving Arabs in political decision-making is right in principle and vital for Israel’s social cohesion

The majority of the Arab public want to be included in the State’s decision-making processes, and support Arab ministers serving in the government.

 

Israel’s future labor market needs updated models
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Israel’s future labor market needs updated models

The number of vacation days in Israel is among the lowest in the world. Research by Prof. Yotam Margalit presents a new model which will ensure a minimum of 18 vacation days for each worker.

Israel needs a Paradigm Shift: Greater Compatibility Between Human Capital and the Economy
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Israel needs a Paradigm Shift: Greater Compatibility Between Human Capital and the Economy

Israel suffers from a shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing industries and hi-tech and an overflow of the service sector; priorities in the allocation of public resources for the training of human capital must be changed to better fit the needs of the economy.

Survey of Public Attitudes on Economic Policy (June 2018)
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Survey of Public Attitudes on Economic Policy (June 2018)

On the occasion of this year’s Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society (June 19-20) the Israel Democracy Institute published a special survey to assess public opinion on Israel’s economic future.

Mission: Open a factory in Israel in 18 months
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Mission: Open a factory in Israel in 18 months

An ambitious plan aims at slashing the 4-6 years it currently takes to pass all the regulatory hurdles in Israel

Top OECD Official: Israel Must do more to Integrate Arabs and ultra-Orthodox into the Economy
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Top OECD Official: Israel Must do more to Integrate Arabs and ultra-Orthodox into the Economy

Dr. Peter Jarrett, the head of the Country Studies Division at the OECD, says the government must do more to integrate all Israelis into the economy if it is to continue to prosper and grow. "Boasting that Arabs and Ultra-Orthodox Aside, Israel's Situation is Excellent - is Simply shortsighted and Foolish."

Israelis Are More Traditional Than You Think
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Israelis Are More Traditional Than You Think

More than 25 years ago, the “Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty” affirmed that Israel is a “Jewish” and “democratic” state but did not define either of these terms in the Israeli context. Now is the time for us to turn to the Jewish identity that has been adopted by a large portion of Israel’s Jews and allow it to shape the country’s Jewish character.

Proposed Draft Bill Puts the “People's Army” at Risk
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Proposed Draft Bill Puts the “People's Army” at Risk

Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute cautions that the Ministry of Defense’s proposed draft bill “endangers IDF’s model of service as a “People's Army” based on the principle of mandatory service for all

Israel’s Looming Ultra-Orthodox Housing Crisis
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Israel’s Looming Ultra-Orthodox Housing Crisis

The Minister of Finance has invested tremendous resources in meeting the needs of the Israeli middle class. However, even with these efforts, the minister has failed to address the ultra-Orthodox’s needs — a mistake that has contributed to an acute housing crisis for this sector of Israeli society.