'A 15-year-old boy is not a ticking bomb'A Knesset committee convened this morning to discuss the rights of a 15-year-old boy punished on grounds of violence against Palestinians.
Rethinking democracyPlato ranks democracy 4th out of 5 political regimes regarding the stability and the prosperity that they offer, with only tyranny being worse than democracy. An important essay on one of the West's sacred cows.
Netanyahu vs. the generalsNetanyahu-bashing is a media sport, but it is becoming a danger to democracy.
Reaffirming Democracy: The UK as a modelMore people – 17,410,742 – voted Leave than have ever voted for anything in British history. The result, with its very high turnout, is decisive: Britons will make their own laws and choose their own neighbors. Other countries, take note.
Letter to PM Netanyahu on the continued detention of Meir EttingerEttinger has not been accused of illegal acts. Is there such a thing as an illegal opinion in a democracy?
Cuban Activists: Obama Abandoned Democracy, Human RightsPro-democracy activists say US not giving them support as they face regular brutal crackdowns and beatings by security forces.
MK Elkin Slams Zahalka, Calls Him 'Traitor'Aliyah and Absorption Minister Zeev Elkin on Wednesday slammed Arab MK Jamal Zahalka, calling him a 'traitorous hypocrite.'
New Law Would Bring Fresh MKs into the KnessetThe 'Norwegian Law' backed by Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Lieberman would open the door for younger MKs and better ministers, says expert.
Hong Kong Demands Democracy on China's National DayProtests that have been forcibly oppressed continue, as residents oppose Beijing decision to determine who can lead local government.
Sisi Sworn in as President As Doubts over Democracy ContinueAbdel Fattah Al-Sisi becomes the next Egyptian president, citing 'people's revolution.' But was the election fair?
Syria Insists Presidential Elections are 'Democratic'As candidates begin to announce campaigns against Assad, Syria insists that upcoming elections will express the will of the people.
Jordan: Palestinian Dissident Indicted for Criticizing KingMudar Zahran, whose calls for empowering Jordan's Palestinian majority have angered authorities, faces trial in absentia.
Dutch Report Blames Israel for PA FailuresDutch member of Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly releases report blaming Israel for Palestinian democratic shortcomings.
Defense Min.: West Needs to Wake UpMinister Yaalon says bringing democracy to the Middle East is a bad, naïve idea.
Prisoners Demand Right to Vote in Local ElectionsPrisoners in Israeli jails are not eligible to vote in local elections, but 2 prisoners have filed a petition to change that.
Israel: Jewish, Democratic, or Both?Justice Minister Tzippy Livni and Professor Ruth Gavison to seek an answer to an age-old Israeli dilemma
Freedom and Democracy are Prerequisites to PeacePeace will not bring democracy. Democracy will bring freedom and peace. And that is not what we have in the Palestinian Authority.
Lieberman: Controversial Bill Will Save Israeli DemocracyLieberman defends the Governance Bill, ‘It will make Israel a normal democracy.’
Russian Official: Egypt Proves 'Democracy Not Good For Everyone'The Egyptian redux revolution proves, a top Russian politician said, it's that democracy is not a “one size fits all” system.
Basic Law Amendment 'Inspired' By Declaration of IndependenceThere is no contradiction between amendment to Basic Law, affirming state's Jewish identity, and democratic values, says Zionist think-tank.
Expert: Democracies Cannot Defeat TerrorismTerrorism expert: Democracies must balance the need for violence against upholding their most cherished values.
Expert: Next Knesset Likely to be 'Disunited and Dysfunctional'The next Knesset is likely to be disunited and dysfunctional, says an expert on politics and democracy
Israel Quietly Lauded as ‘Only Free State’ in Middle EastThe State of Israel “remains the region’s only Free country,” according to a US democracy watchdog organization annual report.
Secret Funding of NGOs 'Grossly Infringes' on Democratic ProcessJerusalem-based NGO Monitor: “For over a decade, the EU has acted with impunity in funding political advocacy NGOs with near total secrecy."
Rabbis: Judaism and Democracy Not Always in SyncWhat is Judaism's position on referendums and, democracy? A panel sponsored by Herzog College explored those and other questions
Inside Look at Muslim Brotherhood’s Torture ChambersThe Muslim Brotherhood replaced Mubarak, but torture chambers remain the same despite the US attempt to make Egypt safe for democracy.
Egypt Pitches US ‘Strike 2’ on Arab DemocracyMorsi’s power grab is “Strike 2” for US efforts to make democracy safe for the Middle East. Seven years ago, Hamas won US-backed elections.
Academics' Plan to Boycott Ariel U RevealedIn email exchange, academics plot to boycott Ariel University and its staff, deny them advancement.
The Fading Left and Israel's Flourishing DemocracyMany of Israel’s detractors on the left argue that Israel’s democracy is in a state of decline. The writers claim that a closer look shows that Israeli democracy is thriving in many ways, while the left is fading.
Chazan: Democracy is Not Majority RuleNaomi Chazan ends her term as New Israel Fund president, is replaced by Brian Lurie.
Hizbullah Official: Democracy Allows 'Thieves' to Plunder IraqDemocracy has allowed “thieves” to plunder and pillage Iraq, the secretary of Hizbullah said in an interview.
Israel's Junta – IDF Overrules Barak in SansanaThe High Planning Council of the IDF Civil Administration has rejected a plan already approved by Israel's elected leaders.
Study: Belief in G-d, Religious Observance on the RiseA wide-ranging study shows that more Israelis believe in G-d than did a decade ago.
Diagnosis of a Mental DisorderDemocracy has replaced Zionism as the only justification for the State of Israel to its ruling elites and this has profound but hitherto unexplored psychological consequences.
‘Democracy’ in Egypt: Ballot List Six-Feet LongThe weeks-long “democratic” vote in Egypt features a six-foot long ballot list of 3,009 candidates and an $85 fine for non-voters.
Bill to End Vote Coercion by EmployersA new bill introduced to the Knesset would protect workers from being coerced into voting according to employer's wishes.
Abbas Delays Democratic Elections – AgainAbbas, who serves as PA chairman two years beyond his term, now delays local elections for third time and without setting a new date.
Can Israel be both Jewish and Democratic?How Jewish should Israel be? Why does the West recognize that democracy must be accommodated to Arabic culture world over, but not to Judaism in Israel? A thought provoking analysis based on Prof. Paul Eidelberg's "Jewish Statesmanship".
Israeli DemocracyIt is no wonder that so many citizens feel powerless to affect government actions, such as preventing the freeing terrorists or capitulation to Obama-Abbas.