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Tishrei 5770






We are pleased to forward October's IZS newsletter. Included in the newsletter is the abstract of Dr. Tsuriel Rashi's position paper concerning media coverage of police and civilians clashed during protests in Israel. The beginning of a new year is a good opportunity to review the year that just ended, 5769, a year full of activity, events, and progress at the IZS.




Media Coverage Characteristics of Police

and Civilians Clashes


Dr. Tsuriel's study investigates, for the first time ever, the journalistic coverage of various clashes between civilians and police forces in the State of Israel during the years 2006-2007, as it appeared both in popular and in elitist newspapers. This study observed the coverage by "Yediot Ahronot" and "Haaretz" of several incidents that evoked controversy indifferent sectors of Israeli society: the settlers who protested the destruction of homes in the settlement of Amona in February 2006; the Haredi demonstrations against the gay and lesbian pride parade in Jerusalem in November 2006; student rallies in opposition to the increases in tuition as proposed by the Shohat Committee in April-May 2007; and the Druze opposition to the entrance of police forces into Peki'in to make arrests in November 2007.




The conclusion of the study is that  the character of coverage varies between newspapers and between different protests. The impact on the reader is influenced by various elements, including the positioning of the article in the newspaper, the language used to describe the event and protagonists, and the pictures accompanying the text. With this mix, the print media is able to influence the image of reality as perceived by the reader and thus influence the public, the political agenda, and other media coverage.


For the Full Abstract

Yearly Activity Review


The Land Reform (Israel Lands Association)


During the first half of the year, the IZS worked to highlight the dangers resulting from the privatization of State lands as part of the reform proposal.  The ILA reform, as approved by the Knesset, which passed without the changes we recommended, has far reaching implications for the future of the State of Israel as a Jewish State, and raises serious concerns regarding the ability of the Keren Kayemeth L'Yisrael (KKL-JNF) to serve as the trustee of the Jewish People as mandated by its charter and founding purpose. The Institute for Zionist Strategies worked diligently to present the public, including ministers and members of Knesset with viable alternatives to transferring public owned lands to private ownership. Currently, the IZS is monitoring the activities of the Ministerial Committee appointed to preserve the national interests in the face of the reform.  For more information…


The Zionist Legislation Scale


The Zionist Legislation Scale was published for the first time by the Institute for Zionist Strategies in advance of the elections for the 18th Knesset. In this Scale, we reported on all of the laws advancing Zionist goals passed during the 17th Knesset and ranked the MKs who authored them. Honorable mentions were also given to Knesset Members who significantly contributed to the passing of these laws but who did not author or propose them.  For more information…


Bedouin Settlement in the Negev


The IZS set itself the goal of aiding and promoting the implementation of David Ben-Gurion's dream to settle the Negev by advising various government ministries on reaching a sustainable resolution of the problem of unplanned and unsupervised Bedouin squatting in the Negev. In response to the Goldberg Committee Report suggesting certain arrangements for Bedouin settlement in the Negev, IZS Lands Committee members Gilad Altman and Adi Arbel published a detailed opinion piece that highlights the problems arising from those recommendations and offers a ready alternative to resolving the problem. For more information… 


Zionist Bet Midrash


As an expansion of activity of the IZS Young Leadership Program, a group of members decided to initiate a new social-educational agenda, the "Zionist Bet Midrash". This Beit Midrash responds to a need felt by members to "dust off the Zionist bookshelf" and to connect  the intellectual sources of Zionism to current Jewish and Israeli issues. Within the framework of the Bet Midrash, members meet biweekly and discuss Zionist challenges and how they inform today's dilemmas. Questions of Israeli identity, Jewish nationalism, land, State and sovereignty, are some of the subjects studied and debated within the Bet Midrash.

Additional Position Papers


"The State of Israel as the National Home of the Jewish People" by Dubi Helman and Adi Arbel


The objective of this document is to call upon society to return to its roots and to reunite around the Declaration of Independence. This position paper proclaims that the Jewish-Zionist vision undoubtedly eliminates the possibility of including other national aspirations within the framework of the Jewish National Home. However, as a result of changes in society and in the State in recent years, such a declaration is insufficient.  It must be accompanied by practical steps to strengthen the Jewish National Home. In light of the prolonged erosion of the conception of the State of Israel as the National Home of the Jewish People, this paper proposes a plan of action on a practical level – enactment of a new basic law, "Basic Law: The National Homeland". This law should restore the necessary balance to keep the State of Israel a Jewish state with a democratic government. For more information… 


"Civics Studies; Education or Post Zionist Indoctrination?" by Yitzchak Geiger


In a position paper that is the first of its kind, Geiger investigated civics instruction in the Israeli school system. This position paper reveals fundamental failures such as inadequate preparation of the core curriculum and improper subject matter and textbooks. This new orientation was undertaken without adequate public disclosure and discussion and by the granting of a disproportionate degree of power to the ideological group currently dominating Israeli academia. This group designed the course of instruction according to its own views without regard to the prevailing view in the society at large and thus exerts an inappropriate influence on the views of our future citizens.  For more information… 


"Is This Land Still Our Land?: The Expropriation of Zionism" by Joel H. Golovensky, Adv. and Ariel Gilboa, Adv.


In an article by IZS Constitution Committee members Joel Golovensky and Ariel Gilboa published in the journal Azure, the two discuss the character of the democracy and inherent morality of the Jewish State by means of examining the legality of Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael activity. In this notable article, they demonstrate that the Supreme Court is confined to a particular and narrow conception of democracy and that the Court does not take into account the nature of democratic nation-states. Moreover, they maintain that the Supreme Court is an elitist self-appointing and undemocratic body that appropriates the right to transform Israeli society against the will of the large majority of its citizens and against the wishes of their democratically elected representatives.  For more information… 

Young Leadership



5769 was the fourth year of the Young Leadership Program. The program is home to a dynamic and passionately Zionist group of young women and men whom the IZS trains to influential roles among the next generation of Israeli political and intellectual leaders. The IZS does so guided by its own vision of future Israeli leadership: an active, idealistic and committed leadership, which will be ready and able to preserve and strengthen Israel as a Zionist, Jewish and democratic society and country, the National Home of the Jewish People, as envisioned in the Declaration of Independence. This year, program members experienced: a tour of the security barrier in Jerusalem, a weekend seminar exploring new Jewish settlement in the Negev, and a meeting and dialogue with former IDF Commander in Chief Moshe (Bogi) Ya'alon (now Deputy Preme Minister) and Prof. Ruth Gavison, a highly influential legal and government scholar.  As part of the program, members write position papers on topics important to them.  For more information…


The following are a few examples of prominent position papers published this year:


"Health Disparities between the Center and the Periphery in Israel" by Chana Adler


Adler, a student in her final year of medical studies, conducted a comprehensive study to examine the health disparities between the Center and the Periphery of the State, both in terms of available services and in health indices. This paper proposes an integration of the American medical model with the conditional loans model of the Israeli education system: partially funding medical studies by means of conditional loans, which are to be repaid by the student over the course of their work after the completion of their degrees, or are to be turned into a grant should the young physician choose to complete his or her residency in a hospital in the Periphery. Chana's proposal was adopted by Member of Knesset Otniel Schneller (Kadima), and was submitted as a bill. 


"A Language for the People", by Liorit Gueta


As part of her contribution to the Young Leadership group, Gueta chose to write a position paper in which she advocates the use of the Hebrew language as a tool for strengthening both the general Jewish identity and the general Israeli identity. Gueta's main proposals include the encouragement of Hebrew composition and preserving the Hebrew language as a culture.  For more information…


"Immigration Policy, Marriage and Family Reunification in Israel", by Rinat Gilboa, Adv.


The State of Israel has no legislative structure governing immigration, and more specifically there is no legislation governing immigration of spouses. The naturalization process for foreign spouses (who are ineligible for the Right of Return) is controlled by internal guidelines of the Ministry of Interior. In its current format, this process does not properly take national, economic and culture interests into account, and primarily focuses on the sincerity and duration of the marriage. This position paper proposes that the recommendations of the Rubinstein Committee (with the inclusion of a few changes) be accepted for all issues concerning the pledging of allegiance, the economic test, age restrictions and the prohibition of polygamy, and proposes that the law be refined and updated from time to time in accordance with changing circumstances. Additionally, the paper suggests a strict policy regarding the immigration of spouses from enemy states. 



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