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Israel Democracy Institute

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 Olim 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

Personal Interests Dominate 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

'Apathy and Indifference 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

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

Expert: Governance Bill Changes Too Much, Too Soon

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 Not a World 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

Study: HaTnua Less Democratic than Balad

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