Publications

Selecting Judges to Constitutional Courts – a Comparative Study

kohelet ז' שבט התשפ"ב | 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...

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

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich כ"ח כסלו התשפ"ב | 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...

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

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich כ"ה חשון התשפ"ב | 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...

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

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich י"ח חשון התשפ"ב | 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...

BDS should be allowed to demonstrate, not to refuse doing business with people because of who they are

kohelet כ"ז תשרי התשפ"ב | 3 October 2021

An interview in Mishpacha Magazine with the head of the international law department at Kohelet, Prof. Eugene Kontorovich.

New Policy Paper: Israel’s Failing Immigration Policy

Adv. David Peter י"ח אלול התשפ"א | 26 August 2021

The State of Israel has a clear immigration policy. It is called the Law of Return (1950). This policy stipulates that as the nation state of the Jewish people,...

The Latest Coalition Government Proposition: An Un-Democratic Violation of our Electoral Rights and Freedoms

Adv. Aharon Garber ט' אלול התשפ"א | 17 August 2021

It was reported this week that the coalition is considering a bill that will prevent an accused (but not convicted) individual from forming a government. This proposal undermines the...

The Importance of the Nation State Law

kohelet ח' אלול התשפ"א | 16 August 2021

Why do we need a Nation State Law? For over 70 years, the state of Israel has been able to run its affairs successfully without the need for such...

The Necessity for Agricultural Reform in Israel: Dispelling the Myths

kohelet ז' אלול התשפ"א | 15 August 2021

The Israeli agriculture industry reforms are welcome and necessary. The reforms will protect and develop the Israeli agricultural industry, promote fair competition and benefit the Israeli consumer. Public opposition...

Will the new Education Minister overcome the odds?

Avrum Tomer י"ט אב התשפ"א | 28 July 2021

If the new education minister decides to fundamentally change the employment model within education she will have overcome a decade old battle.

Ben & Jerry’s Israel Boycott Could Cost Unilever

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich ט"ז אב התשפ"א | 25 July 2021

Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont-based ice-cream company that prides itself on its progressive politics, announced Monday that it is cancelling its license with its Israeli affiliate. The move by...

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The facts about evictions in Jerusalem

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, Prof. Avi Bell כ"ו סיון התשפ"א | 6 June 2021

The truth about Sheikh Jarrah is that it's an ordinary property dispute between private parties.

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Understanding the Current Sheikh Jarrah (Jerusalem) Property Dispute

Prof. Avi Bell כ"ט אייר התשפ"א | 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 י"ז אייר התשפ"א | 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...

HRW Crosses the Threshold into Falsehoods and Anti-Semitic Propaganda

kohelet י"ד אייר התשפ"א | 26 April 2021

Human Rights Watch’s new report, “A Threshold Crossed” accusing Israel of the crime of apartheid is, despite its length, a propaganda document: full of falsehoods and distortions. The world...

Bar Ilan Cafe

Refuting Btselem’s Israel-Apartheid Accusation

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich כ"ט טבת התשפ"א | 13 January 2021

Apartheid is not just a term for policies one dislikes. The legal standard for labeling a government an “apartheid regime” is set quite high—indeed, so high that no country...

There is a double standard regarding the West Bank versus Western Sahara

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich ט' טבת התשפ"א | 24 December 2020

Many expected the Trump administration to recognize Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank before Inauguration Day. Instead, last week it recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara as...

November 29: Kohelet webinar explains what 181 achieved, and why it was seen as so important

Ran Bar-Yoshafat, Prof. Eugene Kontorovich י"ג כסלו התשפ"א | 29 November 2020

Live 2nd day: The Abraham Accords: Towards a New Middle East?

kohelet ל' תשרי התשפ"א | 18 October 2020

Live from the second day: The first day: The Abraham Accords: Towards a New Middle East? The First International Conference of the Shiloh Forum, Kohelet Policy Forum and Israel...

Israeli National Diplomatic System: a Blueprint for Reform

Asher Fredman י"ד אלול התש"פ | 3 September 2020

This study analyzes the State of Israel’s national system for conducting foreign relations, in light of far-reaching changes in the diplomatic arena. The analysis demonstrates the necessity for wide-ranging...

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