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Why is Ben Gvir So Popular?

The normalization of Ben Gvir's ideologies has been a major topic of conversation throughout the campaign
Yehuda Kurtzer, Yaakov Katz
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. Yehuda led the creation of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America in 2010 as a pioneering research and educational center for the leadership of the North American Jewish community, and teaches

Yaakov Katz

Itamar Ben Gvir is the leader of an extreme right wing Israeli political party, who in the past has supported Israel settler violence against Palestinians and advocated for the forced expulsion of “disloyal” Arab citizens of Israel. In this week’s election, Ben Gvir’s party is projected to win the third largest bloc of seats, which would represent a major victory for his ideology and turn him into an important political player. Netanyahu has signaled that he would sit with Ben Gvir in a future coalition.

The normalization of Ben Gvir’s ideologies has been a major topic of conversation throughout the campaign. In this episode, Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post, joins Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the reasons for Ben Gvir’s success.

Identity/Crisis: The Ideas Behind the News is a podcast of the Shalom Hartman Institute.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

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In a frenzied media cycle, Identity/Crisis delves into the big ideas behind the news from a uniquely Jewish perspective. Host Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, talks with leading thinkers to unpack current events effecting Jewish communities in North America, Israel, and around the world, revealing the core Jewish values underlying the issues that matter to you.

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