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Israel’s Jewish Fundamentalists Are in Power. Here’s What You Should Know

Israel's Jewish fundamentalists hold an unprecedented level of power in the new government. What does that mean for Israeli democracy and the U.S.-Israel relationship?
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Dr. Tomer Persico  is a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, a Rubinstein Fellow at Reichman University and a a Senior Research Scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies. His fields of expertise include contemporary spirituality, Jewish modern identity, Jewish renewal, and forms of secularization and religiosity in Israel. His first book, The Jewish Meditative Tradition (Hebrew) was published by Tel Aviv University Press in 2016, and his second book, In God’s Image:

Israel’s Jewish fundamentalists hold an unprecedented level of power in Benjamin Netanyahu’s current government. What does that mean for Israeli democracy, for the U.S.-Israel relationship and for the broader Middle East?  Tomer Persico joins the Haaretz Weekly podcast to explain the rise of the Religious Zionism party and how it wants to reshape Israel forever.

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