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A Jumbo-Size Government? Now? Really?
Op-ed

A Jumbo-Size Government? Now? Really?

Reports of a 30 to 34 minister cabinet in the works beg for a public outcry: Costly, inefficient and divisive is not what we need today.

Limit the Number of Ministers and Deputies
Press Release

Limit the Number of Ministers and Deputies

In light of the Movement Towards a National Emergency Government: 30 Ministers Would be Excessive in Comparison to other Parliamentary Democracies; The cap on the number of ministers and their deputy minister should remain in place.

What Should we be Studying in Times of Corona?
Op-ed

What Should we be Studying in Times of Corona?

We should take advantage of the opportunity that the coronavirus presents to improve our children's education.

Surveillance During a Pandemic - International Comparison
Article

Surveillance During a Pandemic - International Comparison

Israel has authorized its secret services to carry out extensive surveillance of civilians in the battle against the Coronavirus. In most other democracies there is dedicated legislation to deal with information gathering during the epidemic. IDI's experts complied a comparative review.

Speaker of the Knesset's Resignation - Statement
Press Release

Speaker of the Knesset's Resignation - Statement

Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute, reacted to the Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein's resignation

Speaker of the Knesset's Resignation – What Happens Next?
Op-ed

Speaker of the Knesset's Resignation – What Happens Next?

Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein has resigned so as not to comply with the Supreme Court ruling to hold elections for a new speaker - what happens next? IDI’s Dr. Amir Fuchs explains

Parliaments Around the World
Article

Parliaments Around the World

As the Knesset struggles to resume its work, IDI took a look at how parliaments around the world are putting into place processes and mechanisms that enable them to operate during the coronavirus pandemic so they can fulfill the vital role they play in democracies.

A Unity Government to Deal with the Emergency?
Article

A Unity Government to Deal with the Emergency?

Will the coronavirus crisis result in an unity government, which can, at least temporarily, resolve Israel's political deadlock? IDI experts explain.

Politics in a Time of Corona
Op-ed

Politics in a Time of Corona

Israel finds itself in an unprecedented political situation at a time it must face a worldwide pandemic.

Surveillance While the Coronavirus Pandemic is Raging
Op-ed

Surveillance While the Coronavirus Pandemic is Raging

How is the coronavirus pandemic changing the way governments track their citizens? IDI expert takes a look around the world to see what policies countries are implementing.

Don’t Manage a Crisis under Threat of Investigation
Op-ed

Don’t Manage a Crisis under Threat of Investigation

Calls for the establishment of a state commission of inquiry the day after the corona, in the midst of the crisis, can lead decision-makers to make decisions based on wrong considerations

The Functioning of the Knesset during the Coronavirus Emergency
Article

The Functioning of the Knesset during the Coronavirus Emergency

In this paper, we argue that in a public health emergency, such as the one we are experiencing now, when unprecedented means are being employed in the fight against COVID-19, the Knesset’s smooth functioning is even more essential, especially with regard to the need for strict and effective oversight of the government.

Surveillance of the Population: The Day after Corona
Op-ed

Surveillance of the Population: The Day after Corona

We must take advantage of the technological tools at our disposal to battle the coronavirus - without forfeiting our right to privacy

Convene the Knesset Plenum Without Delay - IDI Statement
Press Release

Convene the Knesset Plenum Without Delay - IDI Statement

IDI Statement to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein: Convene the Knesset Plenum without delay; failure to do so blatantly exceeds the bounds of your office and constitutes an unacceptable disregard for basic rules of democracy

The COVID-19 Crisis - Economic Impact and Economic Policies
Article

The COVID-19 Crisis - Economic Impact and Economic Policies

What will be the economic ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak on the Israeli economy? Prof. Karnit Flug explains.

The Knesset Must Resume its Work Immediately
Press Release

The Knesset Must Resume its Work Immediately

 

Just as in parliaments around the world - the Israeli Knesset must resume its work.

 

Virus and Democracy
Op-ed

Virus and Democracy

Even a life-saving measure must be weighed against the threat it poses to democracy -- we do it all the time

Coronavirus Crisis: Implications of ISA Tracking Citizens
Article

Coronavirus Crisis: Implications of ISA Tracking Citizens

The new regulations that allow the ISA to track citizens threatens our right to privacy, and set a dangerous precedent that could remain with us long after the COVID-19 crisis comes to an end

Private Member Bills: A Review and Recommendations
Article

Private Member Bills: A Review and Recommendations

Since the early 2000s, we have seen an unusual rise in the number of private member bills submitted to the Knesset

Israel's Third Elections Marks the Defeat of Rabbi Kook’s Dream
Op-ed

Israel's Third Elections Marks the Defeat of Rabbi Kook’s Dream

Let’s imagine a conversation between Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook, religious Zionism’s greatest thinker, and the four Yamina Party leaders.

The Arab Israeli Vote in the 23rd Knesset Elections
Article

The Arab Israeli Vote in the 23rd Knesset Elections

The people had their say in these elections. A majority of the Arab Israeli public (65%) turned out to proclaim a resounding vote of confidence in the Joint List

Governments of Experts: Desperate Measures for Desperate Times?
Article

Governments of Experts: Desperate Measures for Desperate Times?

The results of this third round of elections would seem to indicate that, once again, no decisive victory has been won, and that the Israeli political system is likely to remain stuck at the same dead end at which it has been stranded for the last year. Could a government of experts resolve the crisis?

Incumbent Minority Governments
Article

Incumbent Minority Governments

Although there is no precedent in Israel's history for forming a minority government immediately after an election, minority governments around the world are far from a rarity.

Prime Minister on Trial - Explainer
Article

Prime Minister on Trial - Explainer

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s trial in the Jerusalem District Court is to begin on March 17th. Dr. Amir Fuchs, a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute provides responses to key questions as to what this process will look like.

All About Splits
Article

All About Splits

How can MKs 'cross the floor' and what sanctions might they face? An explainer by Dr. Assaf Shapira

What’s at Stake in This Election?
Op-ed

What’s at Stake in This Election?

A 3-pronged plan to change the balance of power in government threatens everyone who cares about human rights, regardless of politics

5 days to the Election: Jewish Israelis are Paying Less Attention
Israeli Voice Index

5 days to the Election: Jewish Israelis are Paying Less Attention

5 days to the Elections: Jewish Israelis are Paying Less Attention. A Majority of Arab Israelis are Following with the Same or Increased Interest. 30% of the Public Predicts a Fourth Election.

30% of the Public Predicts a Fourth Election
Press Release

30% of the Public Predicts a Fourth Election

With only a few days to the Elections, the February Israeli Voice Index finds that Jewish Israelis are Paying Less Attention, while a Majority of Arab Israelis are Following with the Same or Increased Interest. 30% of the Public Predicts a Fourth Election.

A Blow to the IDF as the ‘People’s Army’
Op-ed

A Blow to the IDF as the ‘People’s Army’

A proposal by the panel appointed to investigate ultra-Orthodox enlistment to lower the exemption age defies multiple High Court rulings