Israel Goes to the Polls – 2019
Hartman Institute-Times of Israel 2019 Election Night Webinar. Panel from L-R: Alan Abbey, Hartman Institute Media Director, Donniel Hartman, Hartman Institute President, Yardena Schwartz, Freelance Journalist, Haviv Rettig Gur, Senior Analyst, Times of Israel
Israelis went to the polls on April 9, 2019, to elect the 21st Knesset. In the Israeli parliamentary system, no single political party has ever won an outright majority of the Knesset’s 120 seats. Therefore, the party with the most votes is usually tasked by the President with assembling a coalition of at least 61 members to govern the State
In 2019, the key question was whether Israeli voters will return Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to his post, which he has held for 10 years. In the videos and articles below, Shalom Hartman Institute scholars and others address the issues facing Israel, the choices its politicians are making, and what these elections tell us about the state of Israeli society.
The Shalom Hartman Institute partnered with Times of Israel to host a live webinar program on April 9 that included live updates on election results, as well as commentary and analysis from Shalom Hartman Institute scholars, Times of Israel experts, and others.
Donniel Hartman – Which Torah Shall Emanate Out of Zion? (Times of Israel)
Sara Hirschhorn – The National-Religious Camp: No Direction Home? (Fathom)
Yossi Klein Halevi – Netanyahu Is Fighting Ghosts (The Atlantic)
Shaul Magid – Rise in Kahanism a Response to Crisis in Religious Zionism (Tablet)
Is Israel Ready for a New Benjamin? (US News & World Report)
Inside Netanyahu’s Base and How Voters See the Israeli Election (The New York Times)
Journalists Haviv Rettig Gur and Yardena Schwartz joined Donniel Hartman on the Institute’s Election Night broadcast.