Last week, the Justice Minister proposed a bill aimed at separating the duties of the Attorney General from those of the Public Prosecutor. Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer writes that Friedman's several attempts to introduce changes to the judicial system should be seen for what they are: a part of his larger agenda of weakening the judicial system.
The rising use of sensational photographs as framing tools in newspapers is highly controversial. In this article from The Seventh Eye, 2008, Noam Yuran expands on this topic. Can we criticize print media for using the same methods as television? Or should we expect newspapers to offer an alternative to television?
How central is the security question among the general Israeli public, and to what extent is it central in party eyes? What are the estimated percentages of citizens in Israel who associate themselves with the right and left camps? This article explores these questions and associates Israel's right and left political camps with their perceptions of security-related issues.
IDI researcher Karin Tamar Shafferman calls for a reexamination of the relationship between Arabs and Jews in the State of Israel and an exploration of the way Israel's Arabs define themselves, in order to determine whether the equality that Ben-Gurion spoke of upon founding the State has been achieved.
According to recent data, every second person emigrating from Israel is an immigrant from the Former Soviet Union. This article by IDI's Michael Philippov asserts that the failed integration of the Russian aliyah is not a natural, predictable process but a painful failure for Israel as a host society.
IDI's Karin Tamar Schafferman discusses Israel's legislative history regarding gender equality. She applauds Israel's regulatory accomplishments but warns that gender inequality still exists in the public and private spheres. The article concludes with three conditions that must be met in order for Israel to achieve "full and fundamental equality."
This article investigates participation trends in Western countries. It explores trends within the socioeconomic, religious, and educational status of women and relates them to voting outcomes. This article explores why there is no "women's voice" in Israeli politics, and why Israeli women diverge from women in other democratic countries.
In this article, the former Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Public Security debunks the case against the proposed privatization of prisons in Israel. In his opinion, operating a prison under private management is an experiment that can actually improve prison conditions and support prisoners' rights.
The once beloved Tel Aviv local newspaper Ha'ir was plagued with instability for many years. In this article published in The Seventh Eye on February 28, 2007, Hanoch Marmari, Former Editor in Chief of Ha'aretz, investigates the downfall of the old Ha'ir, "may it rest in peace." An administrative takeover of the newspaper, a face transplant, and the publication of over-produced content are a few of the newspaper's deep flaws that Marmari describes.
Journalists face pressure from the public and from their editors to produce as many dramatic headlines about future events as possible. This article by Tamar Guttman, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Tel Aviv University, focuses on published predictions that often don't pan out. Originally published in The Seventh Eye on February 28, 2007, the article describes this phenomenon, its causes, and its effects.
Despite last summer's war in Lebanon, Hamas's rise to leadership, Hizbullah rockets being aimed at Israeli cities, and international boycotts, Israeli economy is thriving, the national debt and unemployment have significantly dropped, and investors continue to look to Israel as fertile ground for investment.
Following is the response of the President, Senior Fellows, and Board of Directors of the Israel Democracy Institute to "The Future Vision of Palestinian Arabs in Israel" document published in December 2006 and to two additional documents published by the Israeli-Arab organizations Adalla and Mossawa at around the same time.
The regulation of marriage and divorce in Israel is perceived by many as the main obstacle in attaining a constitution for Israel. Can the Spousal Registry Law help solve the discrepancies that subsequently arise? Dr. Shahar Lifshitz, author of a new Policy Paper on the topic, gives us his personal view.