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Fathom Highlight | IsraelVotes2019 (2): Six new voices from Israel / 16 September / 2019

On election eve, Fathom offers six more pieces of analysis to help you understand the issues and the players. Anshel Pfeffer assesses the pivotal figure of Avigdor Lieberman, who could yet be kingmaker when polls close tomorrow. Yossi Kuperwasser explains what the priorities for the next government should be. Yohanan Plesner sets out his fear that the a post-election drive to grant the Knesset the power to ‘override’ Supreme Court judicial oversight will amount to the removal of the one meaningful check on political power. Afif Abu Much argues that the Center-left is making a mistake by not reaching out to 300,000 Arab voters. Eihab Kadah explains what has changed for Arab voters from April to September. And Revital Amiran writes a sharp rejoinder to Yisrael Medad’s critique of her Fathom article ‘The Zionist Left is Renewing itself’.

Our Voice of the Week is an i24 News interview with Yair Lapid, co-leader of Blue and White.

Our Image of the Week is a Palestinian man looking at Gaza city from a rooftop, 12 September 2019. Photo by Hassan Jedi/Flash90.

IsraelVotes2019 (2) | ‘People say he who wields the dagger rarely sits on the throne. Lieberman sees things differently’ | An interview with Anshel Pfeffer

by Anshel Pfeffer

Anshel Pfeffer is a leading Israeli journalist and the author of Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu. In this candid interview with Samuel Nurding on 4 September he assessed the pivotal figure of Avigdor Lieberman, the man who blocked Netanyahu forming a coalition in the Spring and who could yet be kingmaker when polls close tomorrow. Pfeffer explains why this has been a difficult campaign for the prime minister and why he sees no reason to alter...

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IsraelVotes2019 (2) | What should be the priorities for the new government?
by Yossi Kuperwasser

Yossi Kuperwasser argues that whoever forms the next government should adopt a ‘Yes, but’ response to the expected American peace proposal, act against Iranian regional...

IsraelVotes2019 (2) | The Knesset and the Court: is this Israel's override election?
by Yohanan Plesner

Yohanan Plesner is President of the Israel Democracy Institute. From 2007 to 2013, he served as a Member of Knesset and was Chairman of the...

IsraelVotes2019 (2) | Caught between delegitimisation and non-participation in government: the dilemmas of the Arab voter seeking influence in Israel
by Afif Abu Much

Influenced by Netanyahu’s delegitimisation campaign, the Centre-left is making a critical mistake in not reaching out to the approximately 300,000 potential voters in the Arab...

IsraelVotes2019 (2) | Arab Voters and the 2019 Elections
by Eihab Kadah

Eihab Kadah, Director of Research in Arab society at Midgam Consulting and Research, assesses how Arab voters have responded to the second election in a...

IsraelVotes2019 (2) | The Robbed Cossack and the Imaginary Reality of the Right: a rejoinder to Yisrael Medad
by Revital Amiran

A sharp rejoinder from Revital Amiran to Yisrael Medad’s critique of her Fathom article ‘The Zionist Left is Renewing Itself’. The response of Yisrael Medad,...

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