Sammy Smooha is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Haifa, and winner of the 2008 Israel Prize for Sociology and is serving as Israel Institute Visiting Professor at Near and Middle East Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, for the 2016-7 academic year. He has published widely on trends in Israeli democracy and society and since 2003 has conducted the annual Index of Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel.
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.