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Live Webinar on Israeli Election Night II, Sept. 17, 2019

Israelis will judge the rule of Prime Minister Netanyahu when they return to the election polls Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, to try for a second time to build a ruling coalition in the Knesset

Live Video Program on Israeli Election Night II, Sept. 17, 2019

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Join Donniel Hartman , Yossi Klein Halevi , and Tehila Friedman on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, for a live program from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, as Israelis return to the election polls to try for a second time to build a ruling coalition of more than 60 seats in the Knesset that will be headed by a Prime Minister from the leading political party.

The Shalom Hartman Institute broadcast live from Jerusalem that evening will offer nuanced commentary and analysis of the campaign and the vote tallies. The program will begin at 21:30 Israel time (2:30 PM Eastern, 11:30 AM Pacific), 30 minutes before the polls close and will continue for at least one hour after they close and the first Exit Poll results are available. Hartman Institute President Donniel Hartman and Senior Fellow Yossi Klein Halevi will provide real-time results, commentary, and analysis. The program will be moderated by Institute Media Director Alan Abbey.

The unprecedented "re-vote" is being held because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to forge a majority coalition after the first vote in April. 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.

After failing to gather enough political partners to form a government, Netanyahu and his Likud Party passed a bill dissolving the Knesset, which forced the second election round of voting.  

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 Watch a video of that program below. to host a live webinar program during the first election on April 9, 2019.

Times of Israel

Haviv Rettig Gur – Why Netanyahu and Gantz publicly bicker most over the policy they most agree on

David Horovitz – The simple, agonizing question for voters Tuesday: Is Netanyahu good for Israel?

Yardena Schwartz

Netanyahu’s Trumpy Reelection Bid Divides America’s Jewish Community (Politico)

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.



Essential Content about the Israeli Election

Election Night I – April 9, 2019

Hartman Institute-Times of Israel 2019 Election Night I Webinar. Panel from L-R: Alan D. Abbey, Hartman Institute Media Director, Donniel Hartman, Hartman Institute President, Yardena Schwartz, Freelance Journalist, Haviv Rettig Gur, Senior Analyst, Times of Israel

Hartman Institute Scholars Write About Israeli Elections

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)

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