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The Pathology of Political Polarization - The Story of Israel's 2019 Elections

Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:30 pm

Location: JMC Library (3rd Floor, Case Hall)

The Pathology of Political Polarization - The Story of Israel's 2019 Elections

Panel Discussion featuring Professors Alon Tal and Yael Aronoff

For the first time in its history, Israel’s April 2019 elections ended in stalemate and Likud Party Chair Benyamin Netanyahu was unable to cobble together a coalition with over 50% of the Knesset members.  Israel’s parliament subsequently disbanded and new elections were convened on September 17th. Two days after the elections, a post-election wrap up will take place, beginning with a presentation by  Alon Tal, MSU’s 2019 Serling Visiting Professor – and a founding member of the Blue & White party’s list of Knesset candidates, who actively participated in both 2019 campaigns.  He will answer questions like: What were the issues? How were they framed? How does social media transform the country’s political campaigns?  What were the tactics used by different parties? And what do the results mean for Israel’s future?  After Dr. Tal’s opening presentation, Professor Yael Aronoff, Serling Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel and expert on Israeli politics will respond with her analysis – and the two will then conduct an open discussion with the participants about this unique year in Israeli political history.