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Sep 14, 2021, 3:29 PM
For this government, the true days of judgment will be in a year
The clock starts ticking after the holidays when the Bennett-Lapid coalition has to get to work doing far more than just survive. Here's their to-do list
Jun 15, 2021, 3:41 PM
This government can beat expectations and even achieve historic change
From passing a budget and ending toxic discourse to ensuring that a slim 61 majority of MKs can't trample democracy, Israelis could soon feel the change
Jun 3, 2021, 7:53 PM
The two strategic challenges facing Israel’s new president
Just a couple of days ago, the Knesset elected the new president of the State of Israel. As in the past, questions are being raised as to the necessity of the institution of the presidency, and there are even...
Apr 9, 2021, 3:59 PM
Knesset swearing-in ceremonies should be celebratory. This one wasn’t
The lack of any reason to celebrate was symbolized by the proceedings at the Jerusalem District Court, where the prime minister was charged with serious criminal offenses
Mar 22, 2021, 9:53 PM
Vote. Despite everything, just go vote.
A small number of votes, one way or another, can determine whether or not extremists are empowered, the economy recovers, and democracy is stable
Aug 23, 2020, 4:20 PM
Netanyahu to appoint the AG he will face in court? That crosses a red line
The Prime Minister's attempt to revamp the Israel's system for appointing top law enforcement officials is way out of bounds
Feb 19, 2020, 2:44 PM
Israel’s third election needs a game-changer. Will it get one?
The future of Israel's slowly eroding democracy doesn't just depend on whom you vote for - but on who votes!
Jan 26, 2020, 10:52 AM
Where have the parties gone?
Just recently, Israel's political parties presented their slate of candidates for the March elections. But do these political structures still matter? The Israel Democracy Institute recently released its annual Israeli Democracy Index, which President Reuven Rivlin likens to an...
Sep 16, 2019, 12:44 PM
Post-election scenarios and the case for unity
The other possibilities -- a third round of voting or a narrow, right-wing government -- carry exorbitant price tags
May 31, 2019, 10:24 AM
The anatomy of the Conscription Law debate
The Conscription Law was the trigger for new elections, but the recent campaign was personal; nobody's talking seriously about the real issue
Yohanan Plesner is the President of the Israel Democracy Institute. He served as a Member of Knesset for the Kadima party from 2007–2013. He lives in Hod HaSharon with his wife and four daughters.