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Time To Counter Charedi Parties On Jewish Character Of Israel
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Time To Counter Charedi Parties On Jewish Character Of Israel

No matter when they take place, the upcoming elections will have a decisive impact on the identity of the state if decision-makers and the general public continue to follow the ultra-Orthodox lead

Netanyahu: Down, but Not Out
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Netanyahu: Down, but Not Out

The Israeli prime minister faces many charges, yet his supporters remain behind him

The Democracy Pavilion
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The Democracy Pavilion

After months of preparation, we are proud to inaugurate, along with the Tel-Aviv-Yafo Municipality, the Democracy Pavilion, celebrating 70 years of Israel’s independence. A unique multi-media experience, in full 360-degree technology, showcasing the values embedded in Israel’s Declaration of Independence and the historic highlights of 70 years of independence.

Is Israel Justified In Shooting Protestors At Its Border?
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Is Israel Justified In Shooting Protestors At Its Border?

Beyond the important political, humanitarian and moral issues raised by the “Great Return March” and the IDF’s response, complicated legal issues also present themselves. 

The Orthodox Are No Longer Repairing the World

The Orthodox Are No Longer Repairing the World

Rabbis outside the Reform and Conservative movements rarely deal with Jewish-values issues such as the asylum seekers and treatment of the Palestinians

Integrating Women into Politics: Another Solution
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Integrating Women into Politics: Another Solution

The absolute exclusion of women from ultra-Orthodox parties keeps their specific interests from being addressed effectively in the public sphere.

How Many Israelis Keep Kosher for Passover?
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How Many Israelis Keep Kosher for Passover?

A special update from the Peace Index by Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute shows that that two-thirds of the Jews in Israel eat kosher for Passover outside the home and prepare the their house for the holiday - but 58% oppose the ban on cafes and restaurants from serving chametz (bread).

 

A Sting in 68 Likes
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A Sting in 68 Likes

When we use social networks, search engines or other online services on our computers or smartphones, we leave behind a long digital trail. The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal should serve as a wake-up call to us all as to the implications.

Protecting our Privacy
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Protecting our Privacy

The Cambridge Analytica scandal raises troubling questions about the colossal amount of personal data now available online. Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler says that states must take more aggressive action to protect individual privacy and prevent private entities from hijacking elections.

Israel's Religion and State Rift is a Minefield for American Jews
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Israel's Religion and State Rift is a Minefield for American Jews

Thought leaders recommend an ‘all in the family’ perspective when it comes to challenges between Jews in Israel and the Diaspora.

Israelis Support Moving the Embassy to Jerusalem
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Israelis Support Moving the Embassy to Jerusalem

61% of the Jewish and Arab public believes that it is very likely that moving the American embassy to Jerusalem for Israel’s 70th Independence Day, will ignite an outbreak of violence. Nevertheless, 69% of the Jewish public think that even in light of the expectation of violence, Israel should not ask the Americans to postpone the move

Fertile Ground for Growth: The Jewish State’s Balancing Act
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Fertile Ground for Growth: The Jewish State’s Balancing Act

Beinisch and Plesner voice optimism about the future of Israel despite current tensions and threats to its democracy 

A People’s Army  Amidst Social Change
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A People’s Army Amidst Social Change

Despite the transformation of Israeli society, the IDF’s model of service has not changed. Military service continues to be a rite of passage for young Israelis and the IDF retains its status as the most trusted institution in Israel. Prof. Yuval Shany, Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Orna Barbivai and Prof. Amichai Cohen sit down to discuss the challenges facing the IDF and Israeli society in a changing security environment.

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You can’t prepare a Nation State law the way you make a pizza!

The nation state law is the "identity law" of the state, and this will have a revolutionary significance, since democracy is not mentioned in it.

Israel's Alt-Right is Now Mainstream - Are Lawmakers Doing Enough to Stop It?
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Israel's Alt-Right is Now Mainstream - Are Lawmakers Doing Enough to Stop It?

27 years after Kahane’s murder, Jewish extremists praise the rabbi, calling him a righteous prophet whose politics were ahead of his time. Like Kahane, Gopstein’s ultimate dream is an Israel that operates according to Jewish law, or Halacha, where the only Arabs who live there are those loyal to a Jewish theocracy. “At this rate,” he says of Palestinian citizens of Israel, “it’s either us or them”

A Democracy in Flux
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A Democracy in Flux

President Reuven Rivlin, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked,Leader of the Israeli Labor Party Avi Gabbai and State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan relate to tensions surrounding the prime minister's investigations and the coalition crisis at a special conference held last night with Makor Rishon

For Arab Women in Israel, It's Just Not Working
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For Arab Women in Israel, It's Just Not Working

Arab women - around 10% of the total population of Israel - barely participate in the workforce, far below the employment rate of Arab or even ultra-Orthodox men. Why?

What if Women Were to Say ‘The Army’s Sexist, I’m Not Enlisting’?
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What if Women Were to Say ‘The Army’s Sexist, I’m Not Enlisting’?

On the occasion of International Women’s Day we should devote some thought to the impact the IDF chief of staff's remarks on feminism have on young women who are about to be drafted

The end of the delegitimization of the Supreme Court
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The end of the delegitimization of the Supreme Court

“The campaign to remake the Supreme Court has been completed” said Justice Minister Shaked - so now with its new and more conservative profile, there is no longer any justification for the delegitimization of the Supreme Court.

The proposed Basic Law: Torah Study has far-reaching economic implications
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The proposed Basic Law: Torah Study has far-reaching economic implications

 

In a letter to the Members of Knesset, IDI's management clarifies that the ultra-Orthodox proposed legislation will influence budgetary matters such as allocations to Yeshiva students and housing grants, and will  place Israel’s national security in jeopardy

 

 

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Proposed Basic Law: Torah Study

Letter to Members of the Knesset on the proposed Basic Law: Torah Study - "This is an extremist proposal to enshrine the principle of inequality in our law books.Its adoption could undermine the IDF’s model of service and place Israel’s national security in jeopardy"

Women in the IDF: The Challenge of an 'Integrated' Army
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Women in the IDF: The Challenge of an 'Integrated' Army

The state of Israel has also been grappling in recent years with an intense controversy over the service of women in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which recently came to a boiling point with the amendment of the “Joint Service Order,” which sets out guidelines for women’s military service alongside Orthodox men

Stop politicizing the civil service
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Stop politicizing the civil service

IDI President calls on the leaders of the coalition factions to stop politicizing the civil service

A Storm in a Teacup
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A Storm in a Teacup

Statesmanship or lack thereof has been in the background of a long list of scandals and incidents that have rocked Israeli politics in recent years

Co-Ed Army Service in Israel
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Co-Ed Army Service in Israel

It’s time for the people’s army to listen to the voice of the people, and not just to the voice of extremists.

The Assault on the Rule of Law
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The Assault on the Rule of Law

Powerful forces are pushing against the rule of law, attempting to derail it. From the perspective of those who wish to preserve the rule of law, we are living in a Greek tragedy whose dreadful outcome is foreknown. 

Who’s Afraid of Ultra-Orthodox Israelis?
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Who’s Afraid of Ultra-Orthodox Israelis?

Ultra-Orthodox society is moving toward a more Israeli, more modern future, while also maintaining its unique characteristics. 

We expect our leaders to adhere to the highest ethical standards
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We expect our leaders to adhere to the highest ethical standards

"The facts revealed yesterday by the police are deeply troubling. Faced with this reality, all those who consider themselves leaders in our community, must come forth and make their position clear, rejecting such conduct forthrightly, lest moral decay spreads through our civil service and public’s trust in the government plummets.”

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How to battle government corruption?

In recent years we have seen one Prime Minister, several ministers and numerous mayors charged and convicted on corruption. But most people enter politics for idealistic reasons and with good intentions. So what went wrong? 

Most want minimarkets, public transport on Shabbat
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Most want minimarkets, public transport on Shabbat

Large majorities of the Jewish public support allowing minimarkets to open and the operation of public transport on Shabbat, a poll by the Israel Democracy Institute has found.