Derek Penslar is William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History at Harvard University and Resident Faculty at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Penslar has taught at Indiana University, Bloomington, the University of Toronto, and Oxford University, where he served as the inaugural Stanley Lewis Professor of Modern Israel Studies from 2012 until 2016. He co-edits (with Anita Shapira) The Journal of Israeli History and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Jewish Studies, Jewish Social Studies, and Israel Studies. He is president of the American Academy for Jewish Research and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Our Voice of the Fortnight is Deputy Editor Samuel Nurding in conversation with BICOM Director Richard Pater about the dramatic events on Wednesday night when Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid informed President Rivlin that he had succeeded in forming a coalition. Richard spoke about why negotiations went down to the wire, explained the structure of the Change Government and some of the key principles that the government will try to adopt, and assessed what next for Netanyahu.