Israeli Elections 101

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Sun, Mar 14, 2021    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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ISRAELI ELECTIONS 101: HOW ISRAEL ELECTS THE KNESSET AND CHOOSES ITS PRIME MINISTER

ZOOM LECTURE WITH QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
With Professor Jonathan Marc Gribetz

Israel is holding its fourth election in two years on March 23rd. Triggered by the failure of the fragile “unity government” headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to adopt a budget, the election outcome is uncertain. How are we to make sense of Israel’s political system and the paralysis that it has recently generated?

In his presentation, Prof. Gribetz will offer a historical perspective and primer on how the Knesset is elected: who votes, who the parties are and what they stand for, how members are nominated and seated, how the Prime Minister is selected, and the process of coalition building. He will also consider the prospects for establishing a governing coalition.

Jonathan Marc Gribetz, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and in the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. He teaches about the history of Zionism, Palestine, Israel, Jerusalem, and nationalism in the modern Middle East. His first book, Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter (Princeton University Press, 2014), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2015. Gribetz is currently writing a book tentatively titled Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO’s Research on Judaism and Israel.

Gribetz received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. Before joining the Princeton faculty, he was an assistant professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University, a Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University, a Wolfe Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, and an Amado Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

This is the first of two IDIC presentations focusing on the Israeli election. The second post-election program will examine the impact of that election and the 2020 U.S. election on Israeli – U.S. relations and Middle East policies. Our series, Understanding the Legal System in Israel and Its Impact on Israeli Society, exploring the interaction of religious law, civil law, military law, and international law, and specific outcomes of those interactions will resume in the Fall.

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