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The Israeli Elections: What's at Stake?




Series: Olive Tree Middle East Forum

Location: AG21 (College Building)

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In early December 2014 the Israeli Knesset voted for its own dissolution, following a crisis within the governing coalition. The disagreements which surfaced then, including over the Jewish Nation-State bill, reflect broader rifts within society which will shape voter choices in the elections set for 17 March. A reorganization of political parties and alignments is underway and if all those to the left of the spectrum manage to present a broad front against Netanyahu's right-wing Likud and more hardline candidates, there could be a more fundamental change of direction in government. The forum will explore the prospects and potential implications of the elections for Israeli internal politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel's stance on Hezbollah and the conflict in the Syria, and Israeli relations with the US and Europe.

On the panel to discuss what's at stake will be:  

Professor David Newman: Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Geopolitics at Ben Gurion university. He also writes a weekly political column in the Jerusalem Post.

Daniel Levy: Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Daniel was a special adviser in the Israeli Prime Minister's office (1999-2001) and has held other posts related to Middle East peace negotiations and policy advocacy in the US, Europe and Israel.

Nitzan Regev-Sanders: A former Olive Tree scholar. Nitzan has an MA in International Conflict Studies from King's College London and is currently the Olive Tree Programme Coordinator.

Illustration by: Noam Rabinovich

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When & where

5.15pm - 6.30pmTuesday 17th February 2015

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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Olive Tree Programme

City, University of London
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United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7040 4112

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