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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?

The 36th Government of Israel
Op-ed

The 36th Government of Israel

The new government has potential for the return of normalcy, and even for historic changes

What's in the Coalition Agreements?
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What's in the Coalition Agreements?

Should there be term limits for prime ministers? A mandated cooling-off period between their terms? How easy should it be for Knesset factions to split once elected? IDI experts examine some of the more contentious proposed new laws in the coalition agreements and assess their possible implications.

Employment of Ultra-Orthodox Women—the Next Revolution?
Op-ed

Employment of Ultra-Orthodox Women—the Next Revolution?

An increasing number of young Ultra-Orthodox women are choosing not to go down the traditional path of studies preparing them for a teaching career. Instead, they are enrolling in academic institutions to study subjects that will help them embark on a professional career and hopefully be reflected in their income.

 

Israel's 36th Government – By the Numbers
Press Release

Israel's 36th Government – By the Numbers

With the Knesset set to vote on a new government on Sunday, Prof. Ofer Kenig, a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, presents an following analysis of the proposed government.

A Cooling-Off Period for a Prime Minister and Breakaway Knesset Factions: Qs and As

A Cooling-Off Period for a Prime Minister and Breakaway Knesset Factions: Qs and As

There are no provisions for limiting the tenure of prime ministers in parliamentary democracies such as Israel, and any new rules must be objective and not made to satisfy political needs

Israelis Hope for More Unity and Closing Socioeconomic Gaps
Israeli Voice Index

Israelis Hope for More Unity and Closing Socioeconomic Gaps

If a new government is formed Israelis think that strengthening unity and closing socioeconomic gaps are the highest priority

The “Coalition for Change”: Prospects and Challenges
Op-ed

The “Coalition for Change”: Prospects and Challenges

If the “coalition for change” led by Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid does indeed come into being, it will be a rara avis on the national scene, with the potential to extract us from the political imbroglio we have been mired in for the past two years and more.

The Two Strategic Challenges Facing Israel's New President

The Two Strategic Challenges Facing Israel's New President

Israel needs a president who will position social solidarity and common purpose as supreme values as an alternative to the toxic competition between the competing political blocs that have held the Israeli people hostage.

Hamas, Israel, and the Comeback of Moral Luck
Op-ed

Hamas, Israel, and the Comeback of Moral Luck

Should guilt be determined by intent or outcome?

Prime Minister from a Small Party? Impossible? Well… There are Examples
Article

Prime Minister from a Small Party? Impossible? Well… There are Examples

A government headed by a prime minister who leads small faction in the Knesset - how exceptional is such a scenario and to what extent is it prevalent in parliamentary systems? Prof. Ofer Kenig analyzes examples of parliamentary democracies where the prime minister hails from a small party.

The Israeli Presidential Race Begins
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The Israeli Presidential Race Begins

The race for the election of the 11th President of Israel has officially begun. After the large number of candidates in the race that took place 7 years ago, this time only two will compete: Yitzhak Herzog and Miriam Peretz. Most of the candidates who have run for the presidency throughout Israel's history have had a political-partisan background; Most of them were men, aged sixty plus.

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The Presidential Elections: The Rules of the Game 2021

Who elects the president? What are the candidacy requirements? What majority is needed to win the election, and how is it obtained? With the approach of the 2021 presidential elections, Prof. Ofer Kenig explains some of the basics.

Are the Presidential Elections: A Political Race for a Ceremonial Position?
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Are the Presidential Elections: A Political Race for a Ceremonial Position?

As Israel approaches the election of its 11th president, Prof. Ofer Kenig surveys the results of past presidential elections and argues that although the role of the Israeli president is largely ceremonial, the race for the position is partisan and political.

Israelis Assess Operation "Guardian of the Walls"
Special Survey

Israelis Assess Operation "Guardian of the Walls"

78% of Israelis approve of the military's execution in Gaza, but only 31% of Israelis think a good job was done communicating the operation's goals to international audiences

 

An Iron-Clad Distinction: We Must Differentiate Between Hamas and the Riots Within Israel
Op-ed

An Iron-Clad Distinction: We Must Differentiate Between Hamas and the Riots Within Israel

Israel’s responses in each of these two arenas, internally in Israeli cities and externally vis-à-vis Gaza, may have dramatic consequences for the future. The ultimate goal of Hamas is to drag the “Arabs of 1948” (Israel’s Arab citizens) into the conflict. Even today, it is important to note the growing desire of the majority of Arab citizens to integrate in Israeli society, and to drive a wedge between them and the leaders in Gaza

Why Are Israel's Mixed Cities on Fire?
Op-ed

Why Are Israel's Mixed Cities on Fire?

The horrific violence that has erupted over the past few days between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens came as a surprise to many - not so much to the Arab residents of the 'mixed cities'.

Behind the Security Council Discussions
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Behind the Security Council Discussions

IDI experts answer questions on the balance of powers at the Security Council, whether any dramatic resolutions can be expected, and the extent to which the debate and international pressure effect the IDF.

Israel's Jerusalem Syndrome
Op-ed

Israel's Jerusalem Syndrome

The recent clashes in a capital where even the smallest spark can set its streets ablaze are a direct result of the city's long-term neglect of its disadvantaged Palestinian residents, among whom poverty rates are double that of Jewish Jerusalemites.

How Netanyahu Learned to Love Israeli Arab Parties
Op-ed

How Netanyahu Learned to Love Israeli Arab Parties

The prime minister who once presented Arab political leaders as a threat has legitimized them as potential coalition partners.

Israel’s Version of Moving Fast and Breaking Things: The New Cybersecurity Bill
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Israel’s Version of Moving Fast and Breaking Things: The New Cybersecurity Bill

Can one regulator rule Israel’s cyber ecosystem?

70% Believe Israel is on its way to Fifth Election
Israeli Voice Index

70% Believe Israel is on its way to Fifth Election

With coalition negotiations faltering, the April Israeli Voice Index finds that 70% of Israelis think the country is on the way to a fifth election.

What's A Commission of Inquiry? Explainer
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What's A Commission of Inquiry? Explainer

The tragedy on Mt. Meron has once again raised the prospect of the formation of an official commission to investigate the incident. Dr. Dana Blander, a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, explains the differences between Israel's various types of commissions of inquiry.

Education. For Democracy. Now.
Op-ed

Education. For Democracy. Now.

The education system must cultivate political and civic literacy of today’s pupils and tomorrow’s citizens

 

How Can We Escape the Merry-go Round of More and More (and More) Elections?
Op-ed

How Can We Escape the Merry-go Round of More and More (and More) Elections?

Had Israel adopted a number of reforms proposed in recent decades, today we would have a stable government and a budget—without a fourth election, without a political imbroglio, and without caretaker governments.

As the Margins Grow Wider, the Flames get Hotter
Op-ed

As the Margins Grow Wider, the Flames get Hotter

Though this handful of demonstrators is not representative of ultra-Orthodox society as a whole, it reflects a growing trend among young ultra-Orthodox men who find an outlet in right-wing protests.

The Arab Vote in the Elections for the 24th Knesset  (March 2021)
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The Arab Vote in the Elections for the 24th Knesset (March 2021)

The recent elections proved, once again—especially against the backdrop of the Joint List’s meteoric success a year ago—the weakness of the parties’ base on the Arab street.

The Appointment of a Minister of Justice
Press Release

The Appointment of a Minister of Justice

The disregard shown for the Basic Law of Government, signed coalition agreements and the Attorney General’s legal ruling is unacceptable - agreement must be reached in appointing a Minister of Justice

Why Don't We Talk to the Teachers?
Op-ed

Why Don't We Talk to the Teachers?

The pandemic offers a chance for much-needed educational reform, but the hasty return is raising fears that the opportunities presented by the crisis for truly driving the education system forward into the 21st century are being missed

IDI Experts: MK Zohar is Exceeding His Authority as Chair by Refusing to Convene Arrangements Committee
Press Release

IDI Experts: MK Zohar is Exceeding His Authority as Chair by Refusing to Convene Arrangements Committee

The decision not to convene the Arrangements Committee prevents the Knesset from conducting itself as a legislative body and performing its oversight duties