Individual Freedom

This paper examines the arguments of opponents of the decriminalizing of cannabis use in light of data and studies from Israel and other countries

Legalization and resulting taxation of cannabis would generate over 1.6 billion shekel for the Israeli economy. According to statistics revealed in the study, the black market for cannabis in Israel alone is worth 2.5 billion shekels annually.
Taxing it at rates similar to cigarettes would therefore lead to an infusion of 950 million shekel to the national treasury in addition to the over 700 million shekel in cost savings to law enforcement and the penal system directly related to marijuana usage.

Israel Needs a Professional Army,  “The Draft” and the ideal of a citizens’ army have become impediments which prevent Israel’s army from ful­filling its mission. About one quarter of those eligible for the draft are not being drafted (23%). About 40% of women are not being drafted because of a variety of reasons. Another 18% of those who are drafted do not serve a full term using one of the different programs that allows the military service to be shortened. Overall less than a third of eachyear’s draftees completes a full term of service.

While according to polls, two thirds of the Jews in Israel will fast on Yom Kippur, including a quarter of the secular Jews, things are quite different when it comes to marriage: at least a third of theJewish population refuses to go along with the official monopoly of the established rabbinate, including many religious couples.
The government of Israel is about to begin compiling a biometric database of all Israelis that will put their personal data in the hands of at least 10,000 government employees. The paper, warns that “the plan to establish a central biometric database, along with the use of biometric identity cards, will make Israel the only Western democracy to store biometric information about its own citizens. Israel will be in the company of countries such as Ethiopia, Indonesia, Yemen and Pakistan.
In this paper, based on our past research, we have set ourselves the goal of testing the following hypothesis: the fundamental precondition for the due protection of private property is personal immunity in the broad sense, i.e. guarantees of rights such as the protection of life, personal freedoms and the inviolability of private property, including the requisite institutions for the enforcement of the same, often conceived of in political terms.
In recent years, judicial rulings have induced large expenditures from the government and have had significant economic consequences. The courts hand down rulings that lead to the spending of hundreds of millions, sometimes billions, of shekels from the public purse. JIMS’ paper reviews several of the court’s economic rulings of the courts and calculates their costs.

JIMS' study found that no official tally of Holocaust survivors exists in Israel. The majority of the elderly poor are survivors while only about half receive special benefits or are even aware of the benefits’ existence. Israel’s distribution of benefits is both inefficient and delinquent. Two thirds of Holocaust survivors in Israel have not received disability reparations. Those who received payments from the Israeli Treasury, received an average of  NIS 1.6 million less than survivors who received payments directly from Germany.

This paper shows that  the Israeli market for daily newspapers is competitive and therefore there is little risk of having the public “brain washed” by any one media outlet. Further, JIMS argues that placing such a restriction on newspaper ownership will gravely hurt freedom of expression and ultimately democracy in Israel.