MENA Salon: The Israeli Elections

Workshop | September 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Although Israel held elections just six months ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inability to form a coalition government due to tensions between ultra-Orthodox and secular parties has forced Israel to hold another election on 17 September. While Netanayhu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, hopes to be reelected, former defense minister and leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party Avigdor Lieberman has emerged as a frontrunner. In what some analysts argue is an attempt to earn votes, Netanyahu announced this week that if elected he would officially annex large swaths of the occupied Jordan Valley. For their part, Palestinian citizens of Israel wonder if they should boycott the elections all together, given their comparative lack of democratic freedoms in Israel. Join us for a discussion of the diverse issues shaping the upcoming Israeli elections.

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