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Aug 3, 2023, 10:58 PM
Resistance is necessary, but so is decentralization
As protests and "days of resistance" continue to consume the streets of Israel, the coalition's commitment to weakening the powers of the judiciary remains strong. One of the main arguments against undermining the status of the Supreme Court is...
Mar 19, 2023, 3:30 PM
Israel is still a free country – but now with a warning sign
A top democracy index hasn't yet ranked Israel with Hungary. That will change if the majority becomes all powerful
Nov 20, 2022, 2:57 PM
When the Israeli political parties that run together don’t serve together
As a combined faction, the 3 parties of Religious Zionism handily passed the electoral threshold, but their split once elected, though legal, seems wrong
Oct 11, 2022, 9:39 PM
Been elected? Deal with it
With less than a month to go to Israel’s fifth elections in three and a half years, it is clear that governmental instability has wreaked huge damage. The work of the Knesset and of the government has suffered, as...
Apr 6, 2022, 7:37 PM
Can a new government be put in place? An explainer
In the wake of the announcement by MK Idit Silman that she no longer supports the current government, what developments can we expect to see in the near future?
Jan 6, 2022, 12:20 PM
Political reform: The imperative of the hour
Public trust in Israel's political institutions has hit an all-time low. Only 10% of the Israeli public trust the parties; and trust in the Knesset (21%) and Government (27%) is not much higher. These are among the findings of...
Dec 25, 2020, 8:34 AM
Who’ll give the Knesset millions more in party funding? The Knesset
In a classic conflict of interests, the parties dip into the public coffers before every election, flouting any semblance of fiscal responsibility
Aug 9, 2020, 4:11 PM
Disbanding the Knesset for lack of an approved budget makes no sense
The rule, unique to Israel, was meant as an incentive to avoid budgetary deadlock. Today, it simply offers Netanyahu an easy exit strategy
May 4, 2020, 1:25 PM
The rotation agreement: One state, two governments
In giving equal power to Likud and Blue and White, the coalition deal creates a political structure unprecedented in Israel or anywhere else
Mar 9, 2020, 12:29 PM
A minority government in Israel?
One of the few options for forming a government after the recent Knesset elections is the formation of a minority government, which is based on the “outside support” of one or more parties that are not part of the...
Dr. Assaf Shapira is the director of the Political Reform Program at the Israel Democracy Institute.