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Israel’s Political Conundrum and Security Implications

Israeli politicians and observers have been taught by experience – both historically and over the last two deadlocked years – to reserve judgment on efforts to form governments until they are finally and officially over, with the newly-minted cabinet gaining a Knesset vote of confidence and summoned to the ceremonial group picture with the President (which in this case is going to be one of Reuven Rivlin’s last acts before he leaves office next month). But with that caveat noted, it seems as if only accidents or incidents could prevent a 7 party coalition jointly headed by Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid from ousting Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-led coalition – ending his 12-year reign but having a very uncertain life expectancy of its own. What’s next for Israeli politics and policies?

Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, TV7 Analyst and Host of Watchmen Talk. – Prof. Zeev Khanin, Expert on Russian and Middle Eastern Studies, Bar Ilan and Ariel Universities. – Col. (Res.) Reuven Ben-Shalom, Cross-Cultural Strategist and Associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Herzliya.

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