Publications

Canceling VAT Exemptions Will Increase Revenue More Effectively

Kohelet, Ariel Feiglin 16 Adar I 5784 | 25 February 2024

We have a historical opportunity to reverse one of the worst distortions of the Israeli tax system and say loud and clear: Do not raise the VAT, raise VAT...

Importation: Unique Israeli Standardization Requirements Must be Canceled  

Kohelet, Ran Fitoussi 12 Adar I 5784 | 21 February 2024

The cost-of-living issue is a painful problem for the Israeli public and likely to grow more acute under war conditions. One of the causes of rising costs is the...

The Education System in Israel Must be Less Centralized

Avrum Tomer 12 Adar I 5784 | 21 February 2024

Rami Hod wrote an op-ed for about the Haredi (ultra-orthodox) education budgeting in which he castigated Kohelet Policy Forum – and misrepresented the facts. Here at Kohelet Forum...

The Legality of the Israeli Buffer Zone in the Gaza Strip

Adv. Avraham Shalev 11 Adar I 5784 | 20 February 2024

Israel is reportedly considering establishing a security zone within the Gaza Strip, along the border, to prevent terrorist infiltration, invasion or launching of attacks on Israel, such as occurred...

Unmasking UNRWA

Kohelet, Noga Arbell 30 Shevat 5784 | 9 February 2024

The Agency as a National Security Threat and Operational Alternatives One of the most significant national security threats to Israel today is the Palestinian education system which equips its...

We Must Oppose Anti-Settler Sanctions

Adv. Avraham Shalev 29 Shevat 5784 | 8 February 2024

The October 7th massacre has created a rare political consensus in Israeli society. Whether on the political right, left, or center, there is a widespread understanding that a Palestinian...

Regulatory Trade Barriers in Israel, Part II: Enforcement Regime

Tirtza Attia 29 Shevat 5784 | 8 February 2024

While Part I on regulatory trade barriers focused on the regulation itself, Part II looks at the way the trade regulation is enforced, i.e., how the State of Israel...

Israel’s Economic Challenges Require Structural Reform

Dr. Michael Sarel 27 Shevat 5784 | 6 February 2024

Israel is engaged in an ongoing war and thus faces many challenges. The macroeconomic and budgetary realities of 2025 and onwards may very well be different from what was...

The Qatari Danger and the Gaza Strip

Adv. Avraham Shalev 26 Shevat 5784 | 5 February 2024

Executive Summary In discussions regarding the future of the Gaza Strip, Qatar has been suggested as a candidate for taking on a central role in rebuilding the Strip, either...

Israel must immediately end its acceptance of the ICJ’s jurisdiction

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 19 Shevat 5784 | 29 January 2024

Israelis on Friday displayed what is called Jewish joy – they celebrated that the pogromniks only broke the windows, but did not kill anyone. The good news was the...

If Jews aren’t safe in Gaza, they won’t be safe in Israel either

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich 29 Tevet 5784 | 10 January 2024

President Biden has declared a set of principles for Israel’s role in postwar Gaza: “no forcible displacement of Palestinians from Gaza, no reoccupation, no siege or blockade, and no reduction in territory.” A fifth no is implicit: no Jews in Gaza. The administration hasn’t insisted...

International Law and the Northern Threat to Israel from Lebanon

Adv. Avraham Shalev, Adv. David Peter 14 Tevet 5784 | 26 December 2023

In summation:A. There is no formal border agreement between Israel and Lebanon. B. However, there is a historical, accepted, internationally recognized border. C. After Israel withdrew from Lebanon, Hezbollah...

Chronic Failure Without Accountability: International Peacekeeping and Security Forces in the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, Dr. Adi Schwatz 7 Tevet 5784 | 19 December 2023

IntroductionThe U.S. and other international actors have become increasingly insistent on having a governance plan for “the day after” the Gaza War. Washington seems to be pushing for a...

Time to Awaken to the Danger of “Woke”

Dr. Naama Avidan 6 Tevet 5784 | 18 December 2023

Merav Michaeli, chairwoman of the Labor party, condemned international women’s organizations for ignoring Hamas atrocities, calling it a major betrayal: “I can’t remember ever hearing such deafening silence in...

Rely on the Justice of our Cause, not on our Weakness

Dr. Naama Avidan 6 Tevet 5784 | 18 December 2023

Before the “Swords of Iron” war, Israeli Prime Ministers would accompany visiting foreign politicians to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in order to acquaint them with the extent of...

Swords of Iron: Economic Do’s and Don’ts

Kohelet 5 Tevet 5784 | 17 December 2023

A new policy paper by Nisan Avraham, senior economic researcher, and Dr Michael Sarel, Head of Kohelet Economic Forum, outlines the recommended do’s and don’ts for the Israeli government...

Israeli Academics’ Role in Creating the Warped Perception of American Academia

Maureen Amitai 5 Tevet 5784 | 17 December 2023

Since the October 7, there has been a vigorous and vital conversation about the failings and errors that brought on that terrible event. The State Control Committee held a...

Don’t be Fooled, Canada – ‘Anti-Zionism’ is Just Antisemitism, Rebranded

Adv. Avraham Shalev 23 Kislev 5784 | 6 December 2023

Since the Hamas-perpetrated slaughter of Israeli civilians on Oct. 7, Jews worldwide have faced an unprecedented wave of antisemitism and violence. In Canada, synagogues have been firebombed and Jewish schools fired upon with...

Don’t Reward Hamas’s War Crimes

Adv. Avraham Shalev 23 Kislev 5784 | 6 December 2023

Hamas intentionally hides in Gazan hospitals, schools, and homes because it understands, perversely, that a higher Gazan casualty rate will bring about greater international pressure on Israel. Hamas’s exploitation of...

Now is the Time to Reduce the Number of Ministers

Dr. Michael Sarel 15 Kislev 5784 | 28 November 2023

In 2014, the Knesset passed an amendment to Basic Law: The Government restricting the number of government ministers to nineteen (including the prime minister). The explanatory notes to the...

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