Israel Update with Harold Halpern

Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Israel will be holding its fourth election in just two years — the latest sign that in a country known for volatile politics, the government is more unstable than ever.

Like the past several votes, this one is mainly a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been in power for more than a decade. But unlike in the previous elections, most of Netanyahu’s chief rivals this time are on the political right, too. The two top performers in polls behind his Likud Party are former close allies.

This is the first Israeli election amid a spiking COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent vote in March took place as cases had only begun to rise in Israel and worldwide. This one comes after a year of sickness, death, lockdowns, and economic crisis — but also as Israel is racing to vaccinate a large portion of its population.

Why is Israel having another election? Will Netanyahu win again? Who’s running against him? How will the next administration function with a Biden administration? And how might COVID-19 factor in? The political climate in Israel is changing so fast that we almost need a score card to keep up with all that is occurring.

Join with our resident Israeli specialist, Harold Halpern, to receive the latest updates on what is occurring in Israeli politics as the nation draws closer to yet another election.

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