Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy
Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy is an independent, non-partisan research institute and think tank dedicated to understanding and shedding light on the fundamental political and social issues of Israeli life. Molad was established in early 2012 to inject quality content into the Israeli public discourse. This content is based on the highest possible standards of research, analysis and thought, and is coupled with a commitment to a progressive vision for Israeli society. Molad sees its mission as developing a comprehensive vision for the State of Israel that is equitable and, in tandem, seeks peaceful integration of Israel into its geopolitical environment.
While Molad maintains intellectual independence and does not identify with political parties, personalities or organizations, it does not claim to be “apolitical.” Molad maintains that the solutions to Israel’s social, economic, and diplomatic ills can be found in a democratic political system that embodies the true interests and ambitions of its citizens.
The Center’s work is organized into three content categories: In the realm of foreign affairs and security, maintaining control over the Palestinian territories is increasingly pushing Israel towards international isolation, expanding its regional isolation, and compromising its future as a democratic state. Civil society is seeing an upsurge in tribalist attitudes that are incompatible with the modern way of life. Socioeconomically, growing inequality is dividing a small, well-off elite from rising numbers of citizens who earn too little, pay too much for their basic needs, and can no longer rely on the state’s social safety net. At a time when Israel is seen as a battleground of special and even personal interests, Molad believes it is essential to reorient the political conversation around conceptual and practical differences in opinion and to ground such differences in concrete policy proposals. Molad’s aim is to contribute new substance to the political conversation with the faith that its ideas and suggestions will aid the citizens of Israel in making the necessary decisions toward the renewal of Israeli democracy.
The Forum for Regional Thinking (http://www.molad.org/en/articles/The-Forum-for-Regional-Thinking)www.molad.org/en/