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  • ‘Renew our days as of old’

    May 26, 2016 | 10:44 am

    Israeli democracy is under threat. Incitement against human rights organizations proceeds with little trace of official censure; cabinet ministers aim to impose new ideological litmus tests in the realm of education and culture; government-sponsored bills place Jews on a higher...

  • Are Israelis bigoted and extreme – or just normal? Take your pick

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 10, 2015 | 4:00 am

    The 2015 Israeli Democracy Index (IDI) was released this week by the Israel Democracy Institute. It is a survey that offers a lot of data — some of it illuminating, some of it problematic. All in all, it shows that 74 percent of Israelis describe their personal situation as “good”...

  • Are you a Jew or a Democrat?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 9, 2015 | 3:58 am

    A few days ago, yet again, the false choice was put before Jewish Israelis: do you want Israel to be more “Jewish” or more “democratic”? It is a question that pollsters use, and this time they asked Israeli Jewish high schoolers to take their pick (this was for The Dov Lautman...

  • Next time you hear someone declaring Israel’s democracy is in mortal danger…

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 2, 2015 | 4:04 am

    A year and a half ago, when Israel decided, by a vote of the Knesset, to raise its electoral threshold to 3.25%, critics called this move "undemocratic". The Association for Civil Rights in Israel declared that "the basic principles of the Israeli democratic system are being...

  • The end of Israeli democracy is (not) coming this winter to the Knesset

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 27, 2014 | 4:07 am

    The Israeli Knesset is opening its winter session today, and it is already clear that this winter will be a stormy one. Early signs of possible elections quickly proved to be false alarms, yet the legislature is already gearing itself toward the next electoral test, possibly in...

  • Is There Room for Shas in Barak’s Tent?

    By Larry Derfner

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    During the wild victory party in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Election Night, a chant went up in the crowd: "Just not Shas!" Ehud Barak heard the same chant when he spoke early this week to a gathering of campaign activists. A booth with a fax machine in Kikar Rabin has already sent...