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'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.Hezki Baruch, 8/2/2016, 10:41 AM

Rethinking democracy

Plato 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. Marc Arsak, 7/21/2016, 10:16 AM

Netanyahu vs. the generals

Netanyahu-bashing is a media sport, but it is becoming a danger to democracy.Dr. Joel Fishman, 7/17/2016, 8:29 AM

Reaffirming Democracy: The UK as a model

More 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. Aviel Sheyin-Stevens, 7/5/2016, 11:44 PM

Letter to PM Netanyahu on the continued detention of Meir Ettinger

Ettinger has not been accused of illegal acts. Is there such a thing as an illegal opinion in a democracy? Daniel Pinner, 2/3/2016, 6:22 AM

Cuban Activists: Obama Abandoned Democracy

Pro-democracy activists say US not giving them support as they face regular brutal crackdowns and beatings by security forces.Ari Yashar, 7/21/2015, 7:03 PM

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.'Yaakov Levi, 6/3/2015, 6:42 PM

New Law Would Bring Fresh MKs into the Knesset

The 'Norwegian Law' backed by Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Lieberman would open the door for younger MKs and better ministers, says expert.Gedalyah Reback, 3/29/2015, 4:34 PM

Hong Kong Demands Democracy on National Day

Protests that have been forcibly oppressed continue, as residents oppose Beijing decision to determine who can lead local government.Ari Yashar, 10/1/2014, 10:40 AM

Sisi Sworn in as President

Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi becomes the next Egyptian president, citing 'people's revolution.' But was the election fair?Tova Dvorin, 6/8/2014, 12:33 PM

Syria: Presidential Elections are 'Democratic'

As candidates begin to announce campaigns against Assad, Syria insists that upcoming elections will express the will of the people.Tova Dvorin, 4/27/2014, 8:34 AM

Jordan: Palestinian Pro-Democracy Activist Charged

Mudar Zahran, whose calls for empowering Jordan's Palestinian majority have angered authorities, faces trial in absentia.Ari Soffer, 12/31/2013, 6:02 PM

Dutch Report Blames Israel for PA Failures

Dutch member of Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly releases report blaming Israel for Palestinian democratic shortcomings.Ari Yashar, 12/11/2013, 3:21 PM

Defense Min.: West Needs to Wake Up

Minister Yaalon says bringing democracy to the Middle East is a bad, naïve idea.Gil Ronen, 10/24/2013, 6:14 PM

Prisoners Demand Right to Vote in Local Elections

Prisoners in Israeli jails are not eligible to vote in local elections, but 2 prisoners have filed a petition to change that.David Lev, 10/21/2013, 6:37 PM

Israel: Jewish, Democratic, or Both?

Justice Minister Tzippy Livni and Professor Ruth Gavison to seek an answer to an age-old Israeli dilemmaDavid Lev, 10/13/2013, 4:40 PM

Freedom and Democracy are Prerequisites to Peace

Peace will not bring democracy. Democracy will bring freedom and peace. And that is not what we have in the Palestinian Authority. Eli E. Hertz, 10/8/2013, 11:55 AM

Lieberman: Bill Will Save Israeli Democracy

Lieberman defends the Governance Bill, ‘It will make Israel a normal democracy.’Maayana Miskin, 8/1/2013, 9:45 AM

Russian Official: 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.David Lev, 7/4/2013, 7:20 PM

Basic Law Amendment 'Inspired' By Founding Ideals

There is no contradiction between amendment to Basic Law, affirming state's Jewish identity, and democratic values, says Zionist think-tank.Arutz Sheva staff, 5/29/2013, 5:08 PM

Expert: Democracies Cannot Defeat Terrorism

Terrorism expert: Democracies must balance the need for violence against upholding their most cherished values.Maayana Miskin, 4/29/2013, 3:10 PM

Expert: Next Knesset Likely to be 'Dysfunctional'

The next Knesset is likely to be disunited and dysfunctional, says an expert on politics and democracyDavid Lev, 1/21/2013, 4:19 PM

Israel Quietly Cited ‘Only Free State’ in Mideast

The State of Israel “remains the region’s only Free country,” according to a US democracy watchdog organization annual report. Chana Ya'ar, 1/21/2013, 2:23 PM

Secret Funding of NGOs Manipulates Democracy

Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor: “For over a decade, the EU has acted with impunity in funding political advocacy NGOs with near total secrecy."Rachel Hirshfeld, 12/27/2012, 4:57 PM

Rabbis: Judaism and Democracy Not Always in Sync

What is Judaism's position on referendums and, democracy? A panel sponsored by Herzog College explored those and other questionsDavid Lev, 12/20/2012, 7:39 PM

Inside Look at Muslim Brotherhood’s Torture Rooms

The Muslim Brotherhood replaced Mubarak, but torture chambers remain the same despite the US attempt to make Egypt safe for democracy.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/10/2012, 9:58 AM

Egypt Pitches US ‘Strike 2’ on Arab Democracy

Morsi’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. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 11/27/2012, 2:09 PM

Academics' Plan to Boycott Ariel U Revealed

In email exchange, academics plot to boycott Ariel University and its staff, deny them advancement.Gil Ronen, 9/11/2012, 10:08 AM

The Fading Left and Israel's Flourishing Democracy

Many 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.Prof. Shmuel Sandler and Prof. Efraim Inbar, 8/21/2012, 11:33 PM

Chazan: Democracy is Not Majority Rule

Naomi Chazan ends her term as New Israel Fund president, is replaced by Brian Lurie.Gil Ronen, 7/2/2012, 10:07 AM

Hizbullah: Democracy Allows 'Thieves' to Thrive

Democracy has allowed “thieves” to plunder and pillage Iraq, the secretary of Hizbullah said in an interview. Rachel Hirshfeld, 6/11/2012, 12:15 AM

Israel's Junta – IDF Overrules Barak in Sansana

The High Planning Council of the IDF Civil Administration has rejected a plan already approved by Israel's elected leaders.Gabe Kahn., 2/24/2012, 1:39 PM

Study: Belief in G-d, Religious Observance Rising

A wide-ranging study shows that more Israelis believe in G-d than did a decade ago.David Lev, 1/26/2012, 12:30 PM

Diagnosis of a Mental Disorder

Democracy 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.Prof. Paul Eidelberg, 12/2/2011, 5:56 AM

‘Democracy’ in Egypt: Ballot List Six-Feet Long

The weeks-long “democratic” vote in Egypt features a six-foot long ballot list of 3,009 candidates and an $85 fine for non-voters. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 11/29/2011, 3:44 PM

Bill to End Vote Coercion by Employers

A new bill introduced to the Knesset would protect workers from being coerced into voting according to employer's wishes.Gabe Kahn., 11/23/2011, 6:37 PM

Abbas Delays Democratic Elections – Again

Abbas, who serves as PA chairman two years beyond his term, now delays local elections for third time and without setting a new date.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 8/23/2011, 1:46 PM

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".Ted Belman, 10/15/2013, 7:42 AM

Israeli Democracy

It is no wonder that so many citizens feel powerless to affect government actions, such as preventing the freeing terrorists or capitulation to Obama-Abbas.Prof. Paul Eidelberg, 8/15/2013, 2:08 PM