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The Case for Optimism Regarding the New Israeli Government

What is the silver lining in what lies ahead?
Yossi Zamir, Shatil Stock
Yossi Zamir, Shatil Stock
Michael Koplow is a Senior Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Chief Policy Officer of the Israel Policy Forum. Before coming to Israel Policy Forum, he was the founding Program Director of the Israel Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, where he specialized in political development and ideology, and the politics of Middle Eastern states. He writes Israel Policy Forum’s weekly

“In nearly every instance of the umpteen times I have spoken about the Israeli election results over the past week, I inevitably get some version of the same question, which is “what is the silver lining in what lies ahead?” I have been worried about the prospects for the next Israeli government for months and am as alarmed about the influence of Bezalel Smotrich, Itamar Ben Gvir, and their band of radical revanchist racists as I can possibly be. Nevertheless, there is a case to be made that things will not be as bad as they appear, and that the warnings about what will happen next are overblown.”

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