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Highlights from the 2017 Israel Democracy Index

Highlights from the 2017 Israel Democracy Index

This week, the annual Israel Democracy Index was published by the Israel Democracy Institute, underlining that Israelis harbor deep distrust for their politicians, the media, and the Chief Rabbinate but are generally favorably inclined toward the courts and presidency.


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New government coalition agreement will grant close to 50,000 exemptions for yeshiva students from the Israeli army

New government coalition agreement will grant close to 50,000 exemptions for yeshiva students from the Israeli army

New coalition agreement plan will grant almost 50,000 additional exemptions for yeshiva students from serving in the army. The IDF enlists 46,000 jewish males each year. Where is the equality here?

Hiddush analyzes the impact of the new coalition agreements on religion/state in Israel

Hiddush analyzes the impact of the new coalition agreements on religion/state in Israel

Little and unsatisfactory reference to religious freedom, Equality in shouldering civic burden obligation to serve only starts in 4 years, in the meantime, full exemption to yeshiva students over the age of 22. Potential dramatic cuts in subsidies to ultra-Orthodox sector.

Hiddush honors the memory of Rabbi David Hartman z

Hiddush honors the memory of Rabbi David Hartman z"l

On the passing of Rabbi David Hartman z''l, a prominent Orthodox Rabbi and Jewish philosopher, Hiddush would like to extend its condolences to the Hartman family and the entire Shalom Hartman Institute community.

Hiddush's Annual Israel Religion and State Index: 2012

Hiddush's Annual Israel Religion and State Index: 2012

Support for religious freedom rises to 85%, 67% say Haredi MKs distance public from Judaism, 76% dissatisfied with government policies on religion

First non-Orthodox rabbi recognized by State of Israel

First non-Orthodox rabbi recognized by State of Israel

Israel's first non-Orthodox rabbi will be recognized by the State. Rabbi Uri Regev: "time will tell whether the government will actually carry out this new policy in good faith"

Mofaz and Netanyahu unity government must promote equality

Mofaz and Netanyahu unity government must promote equality

Amid the shocking news of the Netanyahu and Mofaz unity government, it is critical "to take advantage of having a clear civil majority in the coalition to advance the recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee", and promote true equality in Israel.

Lapid announces hollow plan to integrate ultra-Orthodox

Lapid announces hollow plan to integrate ultra-Orthodox

Yair Lapid proposes a five year exemption of yeshiva students. Hiddush President Uri Regev warns: "This would be the end of the People's army"

What will become of the North?

What will become of the North?

If new ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods forming in the North of Israel are not accompanied by job creation, these areas will become a poverty trap.

MK Eichler: Reform Jews worse than Arabs

MK Eichler: Reform Jews worse than Arabs

Hiddush CEO, Rabbi Uri Regev: Eichler’s behavior reveals the sad truth of the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Israeli Knesset is deep hatred of the other, simply because they are other.

All time high in yeshiva student numbers: about 114,000

All time high in yeshiva student numbers: about 114,000

How many new publicly funded yeshiva students have there been in the past two year? The answer: 11,000. And how many new yeshiva students have either enlisted in the army or national service increased by only 500.

Hiddush commends Supreme Court ruling on Tal Law

Hiddush commends Supreme Court ruling on Tal Law

Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling, by a majority of 6:3, voided the “Tal Law” and said mass exemption of Yeshiva students from military service must be stopped

Picture of Maj. Gen. Orna Babibay erased from ultra-Orthodox paper

Picture of Maj. Gen. Orna Babibay erased from ultra-Orthodox paper

The face of the head of Human Resources for the IDF was completely erased, while her body remained on a Knesset panel discussion the Tal Law.

Rabbi Regev says: Torpedo Netanyahu’s extension to the Tal Law

Rabbi Regev says: Torpedo Netanyahu’s extension to the Tal Law

The Tal Law, which intended to provide ultra-Orthodox men a means to fulfill military or civil service, has been called “a miserable farce” by MK Nitzan Horowitz. Rabbi Regev says “Any extension in the law beyond a year will be rewarding the law’s failure and encourage draft dodging.”

In 2059, the ultra-Orthodox will make up between 23% and 40% of Israel’s population, says Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics

In 2059, the ultra-Orthodox will make up between 23% and 40% of Israel’s population, says Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics

Shahar Ilan, Hiddush Vice President: "Any government that doesn’t work to integrate ultra-Orthodox into society sells out our children's future, the future of Zionism and the future of those ultra-Orthodox children"

Attempt to allow voluntary segregation of buses fails

Attempt to allow voluntary segregation of buses fails

A bus was delayed half an hour after a woman refused to give in to ultra-Orthodox demans to sit in the back. CEO of Hiddush, Rabbi Uri Regev says: Ultra-Orthodox zealots enforce bus segregation with violence

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