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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?
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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.

Policy Recommendations for the Minister of Education
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Policy Recommendations for the Minister of Education

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. Tammy Hoffman outlines policy recommendations for the new Minister of Education.

Recommendations for the Incoming Justice Minister
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Recommendations for the Incoming Justice Minister

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. 

Policy Recommendations for the Minister of Culture and Sports
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Policy Recommendations for the Minister of Culture and Sports

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. Edna Harel-Fisher presents recommendations on cultural policy.

The Rule of Law Over the Ruler
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The Rule of Law Over the Ruler

It's one of democracy's substantial achievements: just like every citizen, Netanyahu will stand before 3 judges, whose task is to decide whether he is innocent or guilty

Second Wave is a Matter of Time
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Second Wave is a Matter of Time

More than half of Israelis think a second wave is a matter of time and 39% think that the return to normalcy is too fast

 

 

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IDI's Legal Experts Hold Online Briefing Ahead of Netanyahu's Trial

With Prime Minister Netanyahu's groundbreaking trial is set to commence next week, Professor Yuval Shany, IDI's Vice President of Research, and Dr. Amir Fuchs, the head of the Defending Democratic Values Program, briefed journalists on how the court process will proceed and the long-term legal implications of trying a sitting prime minister.

Arab Society in the Wake of the Coronavirus: Policy Recommendations
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Arab Society in the Wake of the Coronavirus: Policy Recommendations

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. Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya and Ayman Saif on the urgent challenges facing the 35th government to address the significant economic gaps that between Israel's Jewish and the Arab populations.

Israel’s Cease-Fire Government Should Promote Healing, Not Division
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Israel’s Cease-Fire Government Should Promote Healing, Not Division

Netanyahu and Gantz could use their unity government to put in place a 'democratic ceasefire' and speed Israel’s economic recovery rather than entrenching political deadlock.

Improving Israel's Security and Resilience
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Improving Israel's Security and Resilience

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. Prof. Amichai Cohen writes about the matters that should be at the top of the agenda to improve Israel's security and resilience.

IDI Supports Enacting the “Norwegian Law”
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IDI Supports Enacting the “Norwegian Law”

Knesset members should be available for parliamentary legislation and oversight

Israel’s 35th Government: A Portrait
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Israel’s 35th Government: A Portrait

After 18 months of political deadlock, Israel’s 35th government was sworn in - and in many ways it's quite unique.

Live Broadcasts from the Supreme Court
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Live Broadcasts from the Supreme Court

Live broadcasts brings a breath of fresh air and a better understanding of the Supreme Court

Don’t Call It a Comeback
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Don’t Call It a Comeback

In mature democracies, parliaments are regaining their relevance in the coronavirus era.