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Senat Policy Papers: 2006
Democratization of the Arab World: A Shattered Vision

Senat #294, December 2006

ABSTRACT

Three years after publication of the ambitious program for a new, more democratic Middle East, it seems appropriate to re-examine the successes as well as failures of the program by reviewing the developments in Iraq, the country meant to spearhead the process. Democratization in Iraq should be examined along three distinct but interrelated dimensions: vision, implementation and outcomes.



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The High Court of Justice on Israel's Citizenship Law: Will the Prohibition against Family Reunification be Sustained?

Senat #290, December 2006

ABSTRACT

A person's right to family life is a human right recognized in international as well as comparative law, anchored as it is in the legal systems of countries such as Ireland, Germany, France and the United States. A crucial question regarding this right is whether a sovereign state is duty-bound to thwart the reunification of families when only one of the spouses is a citizen of the receiving country.

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The Battle Over the Health Basket

Senat #288, December 2006

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On occasion, a group of patients suffering from a serious disease is able to recruit public support, and media coverage for its battle, pity and sympathy for the addition of a new medication to the drug basket. The last confrontation involved sufferers of colon cancer, who conducted a 16-day hunger strike while demanding that the drugs Avastin and Erbitux be added to do the basket. Their successful battle forced the government to add NIS 350 million to the drug basket in 2006 beyond the sums already allocated to update the basket (NIS 360 million).

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The Administrative and Political Crisis in the Palestinian Authority

Senat #286, July 2006

ABSTRACT

In the wake of recent parliamentary elections and the rise of Hamas, the political situation in the Palestinian Authority (PA) has continued its deterioration to the point where fears of anarchy, a humanitarian crisis and even civil war are intensifying. These snowballing trends, which are instigating tumult on the PA’s streets, are likely to incite additional threats, including threats to Israel.

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Israel’s Convergence Program

Senat #285, July 2006

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The Convergence Program has been put forth as the core of Ehud Olmert’s term of office as Israel’s Prime Minister. He publicly stated this agenda during his victory speech, delivered at the conclusion of the 17th Knesset elections: “During the coming years, we will aspire to fix the permanent borders of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic State enjoying a Jewish majority.”

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