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Government Unable to Manage Corona Crisis
Press Release

Government Unable to Manage Corona Crisis

"This fast-tracked legislation, that is intended to allow the cabinet to put further restrictions in place without approval from Knesset committees, is yet another example of chaos and an inability of the government to manage the coronavirus crisis."

Annexation and the Violation of Human Rights
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Annexation and the Violation of Human Rights

What are the possible human rights implications of annexing parts of the West Bank? In these experts from a more detailed analysis in Hebrew, IDI  detail the rights that might be violated if the plan moves forward.

Applying Sovereignty - It's Complicated
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Applying Sovereignty - It's Complicated

Israelis Uncertain Regarding Sovereignty in the West Bank – Most Think Unlikely to be Implemented in the Next Year | As COVID-19 Numbers Rise – 60% of Israelis Fear Their Economic Future

Ireland Finally Has a Government!
Op-ed

Ireland Finally Has a Government!

A tale of two unity governments: The coalition agreement that formed Israel's unity government is all about forcing the parties to live up to the deal. Ireland's is all about policy.

Another Unnecessary War of the Jews
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Another Unnecessary War of the Jews

Reinforcing the Rabbinate's monopoly on conversion to Judaism places unnecessary roadblocks before those who want to join the Jewish people and deepens the rift with the Diaspora

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Heading Towards Annexation? IDI's Experts Hold Online Briefing for International Diplomats

IDI President Yohanan Plesner and VP of Research Prof. Yuval Shany held an online briefing for the diplomatic community in Israel focusing on potential plans by the government to apply sovereignty in parts of the West Bank.

Imagining the Future of Democracy Conference
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Imagining the Future of Democracy Conference

IDI and the Hebrew University held a conference on the ‘Future of Democracy’ in memory of Prof. Yaron Ezrahi featuring former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Pulitzer Prize columnist Thomas Friedman

Unreliable Protection: An Experimental Study of Experts’ In Bello Proportionality Decisions
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Unreliable Protection: An Experimental Study of Experts’ In Bello Proportionality Decisions

Journal: European Journal of International Law (Forthcoming, 2020)

IDI's Experts Hold Online Briefing Ahead of Annexation
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IDI's Experts Hold Online Briefing Ahead of Annexation

IDI experts held today an online briefing focusing on potential plans by Israel's government to apply sovereignty in areas of the West Bank as part of the U.S’ ‘Deal of the Century’

Working from Home: Pre-and Post-Coronavirus
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Working from Home: Pre-and Post-Coronavirus

The coronavirus has made working from home much more prevalent, and has many advantages, including improving efficiency and providing workers with more flexibility. But how do we ensure that it does not increase wage disparities and provide even more advantages to those who are already the higher earners? IDI experts weigh in with recommendations to ensure that all sides benefit

The Crisis Has Hit at the Core of the Labor Market
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The Crisis Has Hit at the Core of the Labor Market

The current crisis threatens the heart of the labor market with 400,000 workers between the ages of 35-54 designated as "temporarily absent from work" due to the coronavirus

ISA Surveillance Provides a False Sense of Security
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ISA Surveillance Provides a False Sense of Security

Following the Cabinet's decision to introduce the ISA Surveillance Law to the Knesset, Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, says that "use of ISA surveillance provides a false sense of security."

All You Need to Know about the Application of Sovereignty
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All You Need to Know about the Application of Sovereignty

A key component of US President Trump's 'Peace to Prosperity' plan is the clause allowing Israel to annex parts of the West Bank. What do Israelis and Palestinians say about this plan and what would it look like on the ground? Prof. Amichai Cohen has all the answers in this explainer

ISA Tracking Should Not Be Resumed
Press Release

ISA Tracking Should Not Be Resumed

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler on the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee debate on contact tracing: "Permission to reintroduce the ISA's tracking program should not be granted."

How Many Laws Were Struck Down by the Supreme Court in Israel?
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How Many Laws Were Struck Down by the Supreme Court in Israel?

With calls to enact an 'override clause' to push back against judicial review back in the news, Dr. Amir Fuchs analyzed the twenty laws the Court has overturned since Israel's establishment

Turning Back the Clock on Religious Services
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Turning Back the Clock on Religious Services

The Israeli religious courts are being handed back to the ultra-Orthodox parties - will they adhere to professional standards?

Proposed Conversion Law: A Recipe for Disaster
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Proposed Conversion Law: A Recipe for Disaster

The attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court's ruling and strengthen the Rabbinate's monopoly and endanger the fragile balance in place today

 

The Knesset - Lessons from the Coronavirus Crisis
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The Knesset - Lessons from the Coronavirus Crisis

This document examines the functioning of the Knesset during the emergency situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, in a comparative perspective with other countries, and draws conclusions on the changes that are needed to improve its work in future crises.

When the Supreme Court Struck Down the Regularization Law
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When the Supreme Court Struck Down the Regularization Law

Israeli's Supreme Court ruling on the Regularization Law touches on the heart of the legal battle inherent in the power struggle between settlers and Palestinians.

Integration of the Ultra-Orthodox the Wake of the Coronavirus
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Integration of the Ultra-Orthodox the Wake of the Coronavirus

In wake of the coronavirus pandemic, IDI experts present a status report on the current state of Israel's ultra-Orthodox community as well as policy recommendations for how to better integrate them into Israeli society

Supreme Court Ruling on Law for Regulating Settlements
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Supreme Court Ruling on Law for Regulating Settlements

Prof. Amichai Cohen explains the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Land Arrangements law.

Discontinuing the ISA Tracking
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Discontinuing the ISA Tracking

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler on why she supports the decision to halt ISA surveillance of covid-19 positive Israelis.

Without Trust, There Can Be No Compliance​
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Without Trust, There Can Be No Compliance​

The Israeli public deserves leadership that isn't weighed down by a track record of incoherent instructions, selective enforcement, and politicians’ own failure to comply

Regulating Offensive Online Speech—Are the Times Finally A-Changin’?
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Regulating Offensive Online Speech—Are the Times Finally A-Changin’?

The fast-moving escalation in the conflict between President Trump and Twitter in the last week of May may prove in hindsight to be a watershed development for the legal architecture of online social media.

Half of Israelis Favor Applying Sovereignty
Israeli Voice Index

Half of Israelis Favor Applying Sovereignty

The Israeli Voice Index for May 2020 found that 50% of the public supports applying Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) with the U.S. administration’s support (25%) and without American backing (25%)

Coronavirus Bill -  Professional Opinion Excerpts
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Coronavirus Bill - Professional Opinion Excerpts

The proposed bill, which is slated to replace the existing emergency regulations, limits Knesset oversight - the very reason this 'primary legislation' is so necessary

Who Will Investigate the Coronavirus Crisis?
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Who Will Investigate the Coronavirus Crisis?

There have been calls to investigate the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis – but who should do the investigating?

Policy Recommendations for the Minister of Religious Services
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Policy Recommendations for the Minister of Religious Services

After three contentious election campaigns Israel's new government has been sworn in. IDI's experts weigh-in with their recommendations on the most important issues on the agenda. Dr. Shuki Friedman on the challenges facing the 35th government in matters of religion and state.

On the Street or in the Courtroom?
Op-ed

On the Street or in the Courtroom?

The Prime Minister’s supporters are trying to entrench a perception among the public that he is facing a political – rather than a criminal – trial.