Press Release

Do Israel's Religious Parties Have a Future?

Can Religiously-Based Parties Endure in a Pluralistic Democracy?


Can Religiously-Based Parties Endure in a Pluralistic Democracy?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 6:00PM-9:00PM, Israel Democracy Institute, 4 Pinsker St., Jerusalem, Israel – Although religious and ultra-Orthodox political parties in Israel seem to be growing in scope and clout, more and more religiously-observant politicians are choosing to run on non-denominational party tickets. Likewise, many observant – and even ultra-Orthodox – Jews prefer to vote for general parties over religious ones.

As the battle for the Orthodox vote intensifies, the question arises – Are religious parties still relevant, or are they an antiquated throwback to a previous era?

Join leading politicians, academics, and thought-leaders for an IDI George Shultz Roundtable Discussion, just weeks before Israel's elections.

Speakers include:

  • MK Rabbi Haim Amsellem, Chairman of the Am Shalem Party
  • MK Tzipi Hotovely, Likud Party
  • MK Uri Orbach, Bayit Yehudi Party
  • Rabbi Shai Piron, #2 on Yesh Atid Party List
  • Rabbi Yitzhak Levy, IDI Head of Implementation; former Education Minister and NRP MK
  • Prof. Yedidia Stern, IDI VP of Research

Moderated by journalist Ms. Sivan Rahav-Meir, Channel 2 News.

For more information about the event, please visit the event page. The event will be streamed live on the IDI website and will be available afterwards on the IDI YouTube channel. The roundtable will be held in Hebrew though English interviews may be scheduled.

For more information, please contact:
Yehoshua Oz
IDI Director of International Communications