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Death penalty for terrorists?

Ministerial committee set to discuss controversial proposal. Bill would remove barriers to executing terrorists convicted of murder.David Rosenberg, 3/20/2016, 11:03 AM

Poll: 61% of Israeli Jews say Jerusalem is divided

Monthly index shows surprising number saying capital is divided despite politicians' statements; in 1999 figure was only 44%.Ari Yashar, 3/6/2016, 6:57 PM

New bill to ban mosque loudspeakers

Israel Democracy Institute opposes bill against raucous prayer call, saying it 'encourages destruction of Muslim communities.'Hezki Baruch, Shoshana Miskin, 3/3/2016, 9:06 PM

Most Israelis unfazed by international criticism

Monthly Peace Index survey finds most Israelis back Naftali Bennett's criticism of Defense Minister Ya'alon's performance.Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/2/2016, 12:46 PM

Central Statistics Bureau: Most haredi men work

A radical change in the Haredi population: more than 50% of Haredi men are in the workforce.Michal Levi, 2/2/2016, 10:38 AM

Duma arson gag order: Covering up a failure?

Israel Democracy Institute argues media gag order not meant to protect investigation, but rather to hide state from scrutiny over 'failure.'Ari Yashar, 12/2/2015, 12:58 PM

Study: Israelis happy, but mistrust government

Official 2015 Democracy Index also reveals deep divide in Israeli-Arab relations on political level - though not personal level.Hezki Baruch, 11/10/2015, 12:12 PM

Only 40% of Non-Jewish Immigrants Successfully Convert

Study on 20 years of data notes that conversion process of Jews from FSU has been a 'great failure' amid conversion controversy.Tova Dvorin, 8/11/2015, 9:49 AM

Most Trusted Institution? IDF - 51%, Knesset - 3%

Poll finds Israelis support the 'people's army,' but back cutting defense budget in favor of social programs.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/5/2015, 1:43 PM

Conversion Controversy: A Demographic Time Bomb?

Will the recent government decision to annul Rabbinate trigger rampant intermarriage?Eliran Aharon, 7/6/2015, 4:35 PM

Poll: 71% Believe World Has Bias Against Israel

The majority of Israelis believe global community has double-standards regarding Israel, supports Judea-Samaria regardless.Tova Dvorin, 6/9/2015, 9:01 AM

Personality Politics Dominate Israel's Coalition Negotiations

Personality-driven politics have taken over Israel, says Gideon Rahat, and they are doing so at the expense of idealism and ideology.Gedalyah Reback, 4/2/2015, 4:42 AM

The Higher Threshold Saved Votes

IDI’s Ofer Kenig explains that despite fears of voter disenfranchisement, the threshold raise mobilized political parties.Gedalyah Reback, 3/18/2015, 7:22 PM

A 'Centrist' Prime Minister? Probably Not in 2015

Expert says left-right dichotomy in Israel is exaggerated, but there is not enough of a 'gravity center' to form a centrist bloc.Gedalyah Reback, 3/12/2015, 7:10 PM

Rivlin: Apathy and Indifference are Our Greatest Dangers

Upon receiving the Democracy Index, President Rivlin called on elected officials to rebuild trust with public, while urging public to vote.Cynthia Blank, 1/4/2015, 2:56 PM

Israelis Fed Up with Poverty, Corruption - But Not Israel

1/3 of Israelis facing financial difficulties, 42% believe government is corrupt - but overwhelming majority, including Arabs, patriotic.Shlomo Pitrikovsky and Tova Dvorin, 1/4/2015, 11:03 AM

The Right to Invoke the Name of G-d in the IDF

The Jewish state has a Jewish character.That's what its Jewish population wants, both in public and in the army.Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed, 10/26/2014, 6:27 AM

87% of Leftists Don't Believe In Peace Talks

Unprecedented new poll results from before talks collapsed; 92% don't foresee peace from talks, nearly half say no urgent need for talks.Ari Yashar, 4/8/2014, 4:35 PM

Governance Bill Changes Too Much, Too Soon, Says Expert

Political scientist speaks to Arutz Sheva on Opposition's resistance to the bill, why political decisions need to be implemented over time.Tova Dvorin, 3/11/2014, 11:22 AM

Poll: Majority of Israelis Oppose Concessions

Survey by Israel Democracy Institute reveals wide public support for referendum on any peace deal, opposition to more Israeli concessions.Ari Soffer, 8/6/2013, 12:32 PM

Poll: Religion in Israel an Israeli, Not Jewish Issue

Decisions on religion in Israel should be made without taking world Jewish opinion into consideration, respondents say.Maayana Miskin, 6/23/2013, 9:39 AM

Public Split over ‘Kotel Women’

Poll finds most men, secular Israelis support ‘Women of the Wall’ demand at Kotel.Maayana Miskin, 5/12/2013, 12:44 PM

HaTnua Less Democratic than Balad? According to a New Study, Yes

A team of researchers developed a unique "internal party democracy index " to assess the level of democracy in political parties.Annie Lubin, 1/14/2013, 1:44 AM

Poll: Israelis Prefer Romney

40% say Romney is better for Israel, 19% say Obama is. A full 70% don't trust U.S. to take care of Iran nukes.Gil Ronen, 8/19/2012, 8:34 PM