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Israel Democracy Institute

Israel Democracy Institute
המכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה
Formation1991; 33 years ago (1991)
FounderArye Carmon
Legal statusnonprofit organization
HeadquartersWest Jerusalem, Israel
Yohanan Plesner[1]

The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI; Hebrew: המכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה), established in 1991, is an independent research center that believes it can strengthen the foundations of Israeli democracy from its base in West Jerusalem.[2]


Round table discussion, Israel Democracy Institute

The Israel Democracy Institute was founded in 1991 by Arye Carmon, the first president, and Bernard Marcus.[3] It aims to bolster the values and institutions of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.[clarification needed][4][5] The non-partisan think tank was awarded the Israel Prize for by the State of Israel.[6]

In 2014, Yohanan Plesner was appointed president. In 2018, Yuval Shany was made vice president of research.[7]

The institute formerly published the online journal HaAyin HaShevi'it (The Seventh Eye).[8]

Award and ranking

In 2009, IDI was awarded the Israel Prize for its "lifetime achievement and special contribution to society and the State of Israel.[9][10] In the University of Pennsylvania's 2014 Global Go To Think Tanks Report, it was ranked the 23rd best think tank in the Middle East and North Africa.[11]


The Israel Democracy Institute is funded by charitable donations, which totaled $8,989,254 in 2017. This mostly came from American billionaire Bernard Marcus. Its budget is published yearly in its annual report.[12]

See also


  1. ^ Goldman, Paul; Jabari, Lawahez; Bruton, F. Brinley (20 July 2018). "Israel 'nation-state' law prompts criticism around the world, including from U.S. Jewish groups". NBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  2. ^ "About IDI".
  3. ^ How Israel profits from the nonprofits Haaretz, 28 April 2015
  4. ^ Kershner, Isabel (23 November 2014). "Israeli Cabinet Approves Nationality Bill". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Kershner, Isabel (8 February 2007). "Arab Israelis call for a 'consensual democracy' - Africa & Middle East - International Herald Tribune". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "נימוקי השופטים". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  7. ^ "Israeli law professor will head UN Human Rights Committee". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Seventh Eye". Archived from the original on 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
  9. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) - Recipient's Background".
  10. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) - Judges' Rationale for Grant to Recipient".
  11. ^ "The 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index". University of Pennsylvania. 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2015-02-14.
  12. ^ "IDI 2016 Annual Report" (PDF).
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