The Institute for Zionist Strategies, rooted in a National Liberal orientation, seeks to strengthen Israel as the nation state of the Jewish People by contributing to its historic development as a Jewish and democratic state.
The Israeli Hamshoosh:
a practical proposal for the Israeli version of a long weekend
A year or so ago we decided to try and assist in promoting a new initiative whereby Sunday would be declared an additional day of rest. However, soon enough we understood it was not feasible – not in the near future, nor ever. And why was this so? For numerous reasons - all of which can be found in the new position paper recently published by the team of the Golden Mean Project for the Regulation of Nation, Religion and State ties.
But what can be done to create a longer weekend nonetheless? For starters, Friday can be turned into a real day of rest. This can be achieved by reforming the current school week schedule: turning it into a five-day week, with longer study days, rather than the current six.
One can also think out of the box. For example, imagine if more employers and employees cut their Thursdays short by two hours, and made up the hours by extending the other work days, Sunday through Wednesday, by half an hour. Do you have any idea what this might do for your weekend?
For the full paper
On behalf of the IZS, the Menachem Begin Heritage Center and the David Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute we are delighted to present you with the third volume in the Ha'zeman series – a periodical dealing with Zionist philosophy in the context of the Hebrew Calendar.
The new volume was published before Purim and comprises a variety of philosophical texts originating from Eastern Jewish communities as well as Sephardic Jews from Western countries, reflecting rather aptly the verse from the Book of Esther: "… from India unto Ethiopia, one hundred and twenty seven provinces." Well, sort of...
The attached volume is made up almost entirely of philosophical excerpts from the 19th and 20th centuries, all written by Sephardic and Mizrahi philosophers. Throughout the volume you will find little "I.D. Cards", which offer basic information about each of the mentioned philosophers.
A Comparative Study: Return of Refugees and Restoration of Property Rights
By Lior Ben Haim
In recent years, it is repeatedly claimed that the State of Israel has deviated from international Law and benchmarks concerning the rights of Arab refugees in matters of lands and reparations. Such claims attempt to create the misconception that the State of Israel exercises a discriminatory policy against its Arab population.
We have examined these claims to determine whether there is any truth in them. We have conducted a comparative study of International Law, as well as the current policy de facto in 29 representative countries. The study concludes that there is no reasonable bases for the charges against Israel.