Alexander Yakobson is Associate Professor of Ancient History in the History Department of Hebrew University. His research on modern topics deals with democracy, national identity, the nation-state and the rights of national minorities in Israel and in Western democracies. He is a co-author (with Amnon Rubinstein) of Israel and the Family of Nations: The Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights (2003). He is an op-ed writer at Haaretz and Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
Our Voice of the Week features two of Israel’s smaller parties, both aiming to shake up the Knesset, one new and one old. Gonen Ben Yitzchak, former Shin Bet agent, is a co-founder of The Protest Movement for State Leadership party and active in the recent ‘Yellow Vest’ protests in Israel. Yariv Oppenheimer, former head of Peace Now, is a candidate for the left-wing Meretz party.