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Is Israeli Democracy in Danger – Interview with Yohanan Plesner

December 06, 2018

Why do nearly half of Israelis believe that their political leadership is corrupt and that their democracy is in danger? Gil Hoffman interviews Israel Democracy Institute President Yohanan Plesner, on the findings of the 2018 Israeli Democracy Index

My Kingdom for a Constitution

July 29, 2018

 Yedidia Stern, speaks to hosts Dahlia Scheindlin and Gilad Halpern about the fundamental nature of Israeli society – and how it is changing. He expresses his fears about disturbing the balance of a Jewish and democratic state, as the nation-state law threatens to do. He believes that Israel must be a Jewish state, but without a legal anchor for equality, society is in trouble. He reflects on how religious life is being dominated by the ultra-orthodox; and diaspora Jews, especially Americans, should have a say in public life but not too much.

On the Media: Public Broadcasting, Regulation and Press Freedom in Israel

July 29, 2018

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler joins hosts Dahlia Scheindlin and Gilad Halpern to discuss the deteriorating relationship between politicians and the press, how media policy in Israel may infringe on the country’s relatively robust freedom of the press, and how a strong press in Israel threatens the current government.

A Kosher Military

July 03, 2018

Yohanan Plesner discusses with Tipping Point the "People's Army". Can a compromise be reached and is "sharing the burden" of military service a realistic goal? 

Quo Vadis, IDF?

June 25, 2018

Professor Yuval Shany and Professor Amichai Cohen discuss the pivotal role of the IDF in Israeli life - past and present. 

Private Eyes: Data, Metadata and Civil Rights

June 05, 2018

Professor Yuval Shany discusses the seeming dissonance between Israel's advanced surveillance technology, the minimal restrictions on using it, and a citizenry that hardly cares– and why all this might have to change

Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us: Shas' Post-Revolutionary Crisis

May 08, 2018

Yair Ettinger, a journalist and researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute's "Ultra-Orthodox in Israel" program as well as a fellow at the Hartman Institute in New York, is the co-author, together with Nissim Leon, of the recently published book A Flock With No Shepherd: Shas Leadership The Day After Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Pride and Prejudice: The State of Israeli Democracy at 70

April 12, 2018

Yohanan Plesner discusses with Tel Aviv Review podcast hosts Gilad Halpern and Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin the past accomplishments and future challenges of democracy in Israel, reflecting on the astonishing transformation from British rule to a vibrant start-up nation. The gains of the past cannot be taken for granted in future.