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Democracy, Trust and Mistrust

The Yaron Ezrahi Conference on Democracy

Democracy Trust & Mistrust
October 27-28, 2021

* All Sessions will be held in English *

Moderator: Nadav Eyal, Leading Journalist & Analyst

4:00 – 4:20 PM Opening Remarks

Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute
Ariel Ezrahi, Family Representative and Chair of the Conference Steering Committee
Dr. Beatrice Gorawantschy, Head of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Office in Israel

4:20-4:40 PM Interview with MK Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Chair of Knesset Committee on Constitution, Law and Justice

4:40-6:00 PM Issues of Trust & Democracy
In cooperation with the Hebrew University Department of Political Science and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

The Yaron Ezrahi Memorial Lecture

Prof. Moshe Halbertal, Hebrew University, Department of Philosophy

Response Panel:
Dr. Thabet Abu Rass, Co-Executive Director, Abraham Fund Initiatives
Prof. Tamar Hermann, Senior Research Fellow and Academic Director, Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, The Israel Democracy Institute; The Open University, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication
Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Senior Fellow, The Israel Democracy Institute

6:00-6:45 PM The Erosion of Public Trust and the Struggle for Liberal Democracy
Award-Winning American, European, and Israeli Journalists Share their Perspectives

Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize Columnist, the New York Times
Anne Applebaum, Staff Writer for The Atlantic, Pulitzer Prize winning historian and author of The Twilight of Democracy. Member of IDI's International Advisory Council
Nadav Eyal, Israeli Journalist and Analyst. Author of Revolt

All Sessions will be held in Hebrew

10:30 – 10:45 AM: Opening Remarks

10:45 – 11:45 AM The Crisis of Trust in Government Institutions

Hon. Isaac Herzog, President of the State of Israel
In conversation with: Yohanan Plesner, President of IDI

Gideon Sa'ar, Minister of Justice
In conversation with: Prof. Yuval Shany, Senior Fellow, IDI; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law

Menachem Mazuz, Former Supreme Court Justice; Former Attorney General
In conversation with:
Prof. Suzie Navot, the College of Management, Haim Striks School of Law
Prof. Yuval Shany, Senior Fellow, IDI; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM A View from the Opposition

Moderator: Anat Thon Ashkenazy, Director, Center for Democratic Values and Institutions, IDI
MK Osama Saadi, The Joint List
MK Simcha Rothman, Religious Zionist Party

12:30-1:30 PM The Media & Regulation – The Gap Between Imagination and Reality

Moderator: Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, Senior Fellow and Director of the Democracy in the Information Age Program, IDI
Interview with Dr. Yoaz Hendel, Minister of Communications

Response Panel:
Tali Goren, Vice President of Regulation & Corporate Communication, Keshet Media Group
Modi Sherpsky, Legal Counsel, Yes Satellite Television Company
Asaf Wassercug, Deputy Director of the Budget Department, Ministry of Finance
Nir Yogev, Director of Regulatory and Government Relations, Cellcom Israel

1:30-2:30 PM Academic Excellence & Values – Education for Democracy as a National Priority

Moderator: Dr. Tammy Hoffman, Director of Education Policy Program, IDI
Interview with Prof. Yuli Tamir, President, Beit Berl College; Former Minister of Education

Dr. Yamama Abd Al-Qader, The Ono Academic College
MK Yakov Margi, The Shas Party
Rabbi Avi Gisser, Chair of the State-Religious Education Council, The Ministry of Education
Michal Manex, Deputy Director of Education and Community Administration, The Federation of Local Authorities in Israel

Concluding Remarks

The program is subject to change