October 9, 2017 Print

Sharren Haskel. Photo: Arutz Sheva

The Israel Freedom Movement (IFM) recently released the fourth installment of its semi-annual Liberty Index, rating the Members of Knesset (the Israeli legislature, or “MKs”) based on how their legislative activity promotes or suppresses personal freedom and free markets.

The fourth installment is based on the legislative activity in the summer assembly of 2017. The creators of the Index examined the MKs’ private bills as well as their voting records to determine their freedom score. Each bill and vote is rated according to how fully it conforms with or opposes the principles of liberty. The overall importance of the bills also factors into the rating MKs receive. This is judged by the level of government coercion the bill imposes on or removes from the citizenry and by the prospective number of people who would be affected by the bill. Unfortunately, the results of the index continue to be disappointing. Of the 95 MKs who are not also cabinet members (those people are excluded from the rankings), only ten achieved a positive score.

“Our index is exposing the vast amount of coercive legislation being discussed in the Knesset to people who may have never been aware of these issues before,” explains Israeli Freedom Movement’s Naftali Schindler. “The presentation of these facts in a competitively ranked index helps elicit public comments from MKs, which triggers discussion regarding public policy and its influence on personal freedom. We hope that this upsurge in popular awareness will promote the adoption of legislation that enhances freedom.”

Sharren Haskel and Amir Ohana, two MKs from the Likud party, have publicly voiced their pride in their personal high rankings on the index, saying they’ve distinguished themselves by proposing various bills to lessen the burden of regulation and bureaucracy. 

IFM has garnered media attention in The Jerusalem Post, Arutz Sheva, and Israel Hayom (link in Hebrew). IFM’s founder Boaz Arad-Erder recently highlighted the Index during a TV interview on a popular news station.