The Kohelet Policy Forum strives to secure Israel's future as the nation-state of the Jewish people, to strengthen representative democracy, and to broaden individual liberty and free-market principles in Israel.

There’s Apartheid in the Holy Land, but Not in Israel

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 28 Adar I 5782 | 1 March 2022

The report by Amnesty International accusing Israel of apartheid—a likely preview of similar moves at the United Nations and the International Criminal Court—has been widely debunked, including in these pages. Yet what is remarkable about its 200 pages of distortions is the evidence of real apartheid-like policies that Amnesty...

Systemic Anti-Israel Bias in the United Nations Institutional Apparatus

Ran Bar-Yoshafat, Giulia Dal-Bello 28 Adar I 5782 | 1 March 2022

New policy paper addresses systemic anti-Israel bias within the United Nations (UN) institutional apparatus which manifests in a number of areas.

Legal cartels and import restrictions increase the cost of living

Dr. Michael Sarel 27 Adar I 5782 | 28 February 2022

From the article in JNS: “Israel grapples with high cost of living as citizens grumble over rising prices”: ‘It’s very difficult to import stuff’ Michael Sarel, a senior fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum, as well as former chief economist and director of state revenue, research and international affairs...

May 2021 Arab insurgency must be a wake-up call

Adv. Avraham Shalev 29 Shevat 5782 | 31 January 2022

In May 2021, as thousands of rockets from Hamas-controlled Gaza were fired at Israel during “Operation Guardian of the Walls,” thousands of Israel’s Arab citizens, especially in mixed cities such as Lod, Ramle, Akko and Jaffa, rose up in open revolt against the state. For days, Israeli Arabs rioted,...

Selecting Judges to Constitutional Courts – a Comparative Study

kohelet 7 Shevat 5782 | 9 January 2022

What is the appropriate method for selecting Supreme Court justices? That question is one that drives a considerable amount of the public discourse in Israel. Ever since the enactment of the Basic Law: the Judiciary, in 1984, no fewer than 67 bills — that deal with the method by...

The Declaration of Independence wasn’t meant to be Israel’s constitution

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 28 Kislev 5782 | 2 December 2021

The article was originally published in Mosaic Magazine In his superb series on Israel’s declaration of independence, Martin Kramer brings to life the circumstances and calculations behind the document’s drafting. This response will address its legal significance—internationally, in establishing Israel’s borders, and domestically, in establishing constitutional principles. To summarize: the declaration...

The consulate plan is a way to reverse President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 25 Heshvan 5782 | 31 October 2021

The biggest diplomatic spat between Israel and the U.S. in recent memory is brewing over the Biden administration’s insistence on opening a consulate to conduct diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority and locating it in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. Despite vociferous Israeli protest, the State Department has repeatedly said it...

Why did the US leave the HRC and Why is it rejoining?

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 18 Heshvan 5782 | 24 October 2021

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken says the U.S. is rejoining the anti-Semitic dictators' club the UNHRC to reform it and increase participation by democratic countries. Prof. Kontorovich challenged him to pledge to quit the Council if it is still a mess in two years.

Understanding the Current Sheikh Jarrah (Jerusalem) Property Dispute

Prof. Avi Bell 29 Iyyar 5781 | 11 May 2021

Many of the media accounts of the recent court judgments regarding the properties in Sheikh Jarrah have distorted the facts. Here are the real facts.

HRW’s report distorts international law and whitewashes terrorism

Prof. Avi Bell 17 Iyyar 5781 | 29 April 2021

Human Rights Watch is set to release its newest attack on the Jewish state of Israel tomorrow. The report, a 217-page collection of lies, distortions of the law and regurgitated propaganda is the self-styled human rights organization newest vehicle for accusing Israel of “persecution,” “systematic oppression” and apartheid.” In...

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