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Can the “Deal of the Century” be Implemented Under a Transitional Government?
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Can the “Deal of the Century” be Implemented Under a Transitional Government?

What are the legal barriers standing in the way of the current government implementing the U.S.'s “Deal of the Century” peace plan?

Where Have the Parties Gone?
Op-ed

Where Have the Parties Gone?

Political parties no longer fulfill the goals for which they were intended, rather they have become technical structures that are focused on the ranking of the candidates on their Knesset lists.

Rabbis in Politics—A Disaster for Both
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Rabbis in Politics—A Disaster for Both

Rabbis are not necessarily any better or worse than other politicians.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel vs. the Jews
Op-ed

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel vs. the Jews

Turning 1.2 million Israelis with FSU origins into a state-sanctioned punching bag is intolerable, and calls for radical and immediate change

Women Representation in the 23rd Knesset
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Women Representation in the 23rd Knesset

After the party lists have been submitted Dr. Assaf Shapira analyzes expected representation of women in the 23rd Knesset based on the September 2019 elections

What Will the 23rd Knesset Look Like?
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What Will the 23rd Knesset Look Like?

New record low of number of lists; Left-Center shrinks from eight lists in 2013 to three today; women’s’ representation continues to dither – less than 30 women MKs are expected

A Vote of Confidence in the Rule of Law
Op-ed

A Vote of Confidence in the Rule of Law

Regardless of the decision regardin PM Netanyahu's request for immunity - the debate will revolve around the more important question: the status of the rule of law in Israel

It Boils Down to Netanyahu’s Conspiracy Theories
Op-ed

It Boils Down to Netanyahu’s Conspiracy Theories

Given the dark insinuations in the PM's request for Knesset immunity, a vote in his favor would be a vote of no-confidence in the rule of law

Karnit Flug Named William Davidson Fellow
Press Release

Karnit Flug Named William Davidson Fellow

The Israel Democracy Institute Names Former Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug William Davidson Fellow - new partnership will focus on ensuring Israel’s continued economic vitality.

 

IDI Releases 2019 Democracy Index
Press Release

IDI Releases 2019 Democracy Index

50% of Israelis Believe that the State of the Country is 'Good'. Conversely: 58% of Israelis Believe that Their Leadership is Corrupt and 59% of Israelis Think that Supreme Court Judges’ Rulings are Politically Biased

Majority of Israelis Think that Israel is Prepared for War
Israeli Voice Index

Majority of Israelis Think that Israel is Prepared for War

A majority of Israelis gave high grades when assessing Israel’s preparedness for war in three areas: the IDF’s combat readiness, the resilience of the population on the home front, and the political echelon’s decision-making ability concerning the objectives and management of the war. At the same time, Israelis do not think highly of the preparedness of the home front regarding protection of civilian facilities.

 

Is Prime Minister Netanyahu Setting a Global Precedent?
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Is Prime Minister Netanyahu Setting a Global Precedent?

What happens when the head of the executive branch is suspected or convicted of a crime? It turns out that in most democracies the legal situation is ambiguous. 

Immunity Flowchart
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Immunity Flowchart

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the Knesset for immunity from prosecution. What happens next? IDI experts lay out the next steps. 

 

The Decade in Review: Women’s Service in the IDF
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The Decade in Review: Women’s Service in the IDF

The last decade has seen the most meaningful changes in gender equality and women’s service in the IDF since the State was established.

A Decade of Anti-Democratic Legislation
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A Decade of Anti-Democratic Legislation

The last decade in Israel has been marked by a wave of legislation that has dealt a blow to the country’s democratic values, the rule of law, and separation of powers.

The Decade in Review: Religion and State
Op-ed

The Decade in Review: Religion and State

Israel's once sacrosanct status quo seems less relevant than ever, with the essence of what it means to be a Jewish state in flux and at stake.

Immunity for the Prime Minister: Explainer
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Immunity for the Prime Minister: Explainer

IDI experts explain Israel’s immunity law, what happens when it’s requested and what the implications may be for the political system.

2019 Statistical Report on Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel: Highlights
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2019 Statistical Report on Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel: Highlights

The 2019 Statistical Report on Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel provides both a snapshot of the ultra-Orthodox in Israel today and an analysis of trends characterizing this community in recent decades, in key areas such as demography, education, employment, and use of leisure time.

IDI Releases 2019 Statistical Report on Haredi Society in Israel
Press Release

IDI Releases 2019 Statistical Report on Haredi Society in Israel

"More Yeshiva students" and "Haredi women are driving growth" - are just some of the highlights of the new report.

ICC  in The Hague - Investigation Against Israel: Explainer
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ICC in The Hague - Investigation Against Israel: Explainer

Everything you wanted to know about the International Criminal Court in The Hague and its decision to open an investigation against Israel for war crimes

A Legal or Political Matter?
Op-ed

A Legal or Political Matter?

The political system is being dragged into elections for the third time within a year, for what seem to be extraneous reasons related to the question of how Netanyahu will handle his cases

How Do We Adapt Our Labor Agreements to the 21st Century?
Eli Hurvitz Highlights 2019

How Do We Adapt Our Labor Agreements to the 21st Century?

Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society – First Day, Second Session

Human Capital in Israel
Eli Hurvitz Highlights 2019

Human Capital in Israel

Developing human capital in Israel is the key to narrowing the labor productivity gap as a key to reducing income disparities

Israel’s Economy: Island of Stability with Troubling Trends
Eli Hurvitz Highlights 2019

Israel’s Economy: Island of Stability with Troubling Trends

Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute and Prof. Eugene Kandel, CEO Start-Up Nation Central, open the two day conference, welcoming senior executives from the public and private sectors. 

 

Israel is in Danger of Becoming a Weakened State
Eli Hurvitz Highlights 2019

Israel is in Danger of Becoming a Weakened State

Benny Gantz, Chair of the Blue and White party and former IDF Chief of Staff spoke at the 2019 Eli Hurvitz Conference: "Government ministers bicker daily with the professional echelon - a situation that harms Israelis"

Ability to Make Economy Related Decisions Impaired
Eli Hurvitz Highlights 2019

Ability to Make Economy Related Decisions Impaired

Prof. Karnit Flug, Vice President of IDI and Former Governor of the Bank of Israel spoke at the 2019 Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society: “With no government in place, the ability to make economy-related decisions is impaired. In the current situation, what is done depends entirely on what the Knesset Finance Committee is prepared to do."

Israeli Voters - Not Judges
Op-ed

Israeli Voters - Not Judges

Israeli Voters, Not Judges, Must Determine Who Will Lead the Country Next

Only the Voters can Put a Prime Minister Out to Pasture
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Only the Voters can Put a Prime Minister Out to Pasture

After lengthy deliberation, the attorney-general, who holds the statutory authority to file charges against him, decided to indict Netanyahu.

Is Third Time a Charm?
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Is Third Time a Charm?

Israel is gearing up for its third national elections in less than a year - how does this compare to other democracies around the world?

On the Knesset's Dissolution and Third Elections
Press Release

On the Knesset's Dissolution and Third Elections

Israel finds itself in yet another unprecedented moment and has officially entered the campaign period for a third national elections in less than 12 months. How can we prevent this from happening again in the future?