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.

Basic Truths About The Basic Law

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 3 Elul 5778 | 14 August 2018

The basic Zionist values articulated by this law have been supported by every government since the creation of the State of Israel. Israel as the home of Jewish self-determination; the importance of Jewish settlement throughout the land – these are the values of Ben-Gurion, who called for the settlement...

The truth about Israel’s Nationality Law

Dr. Netanel Fisher 20 Av 5778 | 1 August 2018

The Nation State Law ratifies classical Zionism: The State of Israel is a Jewish state. That's all

Israel as a Nation-State in Supreme Court Rulings

Prof. Gideon Sapir, Dr. Aviad Bakshi 14 Av 5778 | 26 July 2018

Download the full article     The following article portrays the gradual erosion of the Nation-state concept in Israeli Supreme Court rulings.   The article is from “The Israeli Nation-State: Political, constitutional and cultural challenges”, Edited by Fania Oz- Saltzberger and Yedidia Z. Stern (2014)     INTRODUCTION   The...

New policy paper: Palestinian Membership in UN Agencies: Mandatory Defunding Under US Law

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 7 Av 5778 | 19 July 2018

U.S. law prohibits funding UN “affiliated organizations” that accept the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a member state. In the past two years, the PA has been accepted into four such organizations, two of them in the past months. Yet thus far, none of these organizations have had their funding...

The Case for Israel’s Jewish State Law

Dr. Emmanuel Navon 6 Av 5778 | 18 July 2018

Until the passing of the basic law on Israel as a nation-state, the court had no constitutional basis to reject anti-Zionist petitions and to protect Israel’s Jewishness. Now it does.

The U.S. embassy move rectifies a long standing absurdity

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 13 Sivan 5778 | 27 May 2018

Is the American embassy move a positive step? Will it set a precedent for other countries to follow? Does it contradict a notion that Jerusalem is a shared space?

When Israel’s Supreme Court approved of the override clause

Dr. Emmanuel Navon 9 Sivan 5778 | 23 May 2018

It was Justice Aharon Barak who came up with the creative solution to let the law against the import of non-kosher meat pass. Despite the fact he himself deemed the law unconstitutional, the Knesset, he suggested, should amend the basic law on freedom of occupation by adding an...

America Recognizes One Jerusalem

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 29 Iyyar 5778 | 14 May 2018

The new U.S. Embassy straddles the ‘Green Line,’ refusing to dignify claims of Israeli ‘occupation.’

New Report: Who Else Profits?

kohelet 25 Sivan 5777 | 19 June 2017

A new study documents the widespread role of some of the world's largest companies in supporting settlement enterprises in the occupied territories. It is an essential companion to the UN human rights council's efforts to seek accountability for such activities.

Russia Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital. Why Can’t the U.S.?

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 20 Iyyar 5777 | 16 May 2017

Trump must soon decide whether to move the embassy. Doing so would help promote peace

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