Skytte Election Analysis Seminar on Israel: Third time’s the charm, fourth time’s…
Skytte Election Analysis Seminar Series
Israeli Parliamentary Elections: Third time’s the charm, fourth time’s…
On March 23, citizens of Israel will face fourth parliamentary elections in less than two years. 39 party lists were registered to run in the election, and according to the latest polls, 14 of them have a realistic chance of entering the Knesset.
The political turmoil the country has drifted into since the end of 2018 reflects alarming levels of instability and lack of governance, illustrating a need to discuss government reforms. But it also highlights how deeply divided the Israeli society is. Besides the ongoing political crisis, the society is facing extraordinary challenges, such as more than 6000 covid-19-related deaths, and unprecedented unemployment levels. Moreover, the current prime minister is serving under three serious indictments, one of them for bribery. The hostility between his supporters and opponents is intensifying, and has manifested in months-long mass demonstrations, alongside assaults and violence. The upcoming election reflects the growing rifts within the Israeli society, and the increasing extremism of various parties. Yet it is unclear whether another election can resolve the political crisis, or whether it will create just another temporary band-aid.
Join Dr. Renen Yezersky for the Skytte Election Analysis Seminar on Israeli elections on Thursday, March 25, from 14:15-15:30 (UTC+2) on Zoom (Passcode: 785751) for an overview of the situation. The discussion covers the most recent election campaign, the first results, but also opens up about the wider issues in the society that have led to this political instability in the first place.
Dr. Renen Yezersky is currently a teaching fellow at the Department of Political Science, the Open University of Israel, as well as a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Politics and Government of the Ben-Gurion University. She obtained her PhD degree in 2020, for a thesis on “The contemporary Jewish immigration from Latin America to Israel: from pioneers to work migrants”. During her PhD studies, Renen spent time working at the Johan Skytte Institute as a visiting PhD student.
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