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Hypothetical Herzog

Barely a month ago, it would have been impossible for most Israelis to imagine a political landscape without Benjamin Netanyahu, the smart, savvy pol who has dominated the Israeli political stage for more than a decade.

Now, 72 percent of Israelis in a recent poll said they believe Israel needs a change in leadership. And those final polls (if they hold — a big if) suggest a lead big enough that it could give Bibi’s rival — the 54-year-old head of the Labor party, Isaac “Bougie” Herzog, son of Chaim Herzog, Israel’s sixth president — a chance to form the next government.

5 Things to Watch in Israel’s Elections

With the latest polls suggesting that momentum is shifting to Isaac Herzog, it appears that Israelis are beginning to imagine what a month ago was not imaginable: Life without Bibi.

But a fifth of voters say they are undecided, and the peculiarities of Israel’s electoral system suggest there’s little use in trying to call Tuesday’s elections. There are, however, some things worth thinking through as we ponder possible outcomes.

Analyzing the Israeli Elections: Who Won?

In this podcast discussion, three prominent and veteran analysts of Israeli politics assess and discuss the results of the March 17 elections.


In Iran, a Range of Reactions to Netanyahu’s Speech and Nuclear Talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s  unrelenting condemnation of the nuclear agreement being negotiated with Iran was received with ovations in Congress and by audiences at AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby. In Iran, however, the response has been more varied and more nuanced.

The Israeli Elections and a Future Peace Process in the Light of Past Negotiations

Galia Golan, Professor of Government and Chair of the Program on Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, discussed the upcoming Israeli elections and what stands in the way of a peace resolution between the Palestinian territories and Israel.

Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947

Anonymous Soldiers examines the critical period in the establishment of Israel, chronicling three decades of growing anticolonial unrest that culminated in the end of British rule and the UN resolution to create two separate states.

A Conversation with Yossi Beilin

On February 9, the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Forum of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted an event, “A Conversation with Yossi Beilin” with Beilin. Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, moderated the event. Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson Center, provided opening remarks.

Nuclear Bargains Reviewed


Nuclear Bargains Reviewed

Washington's Cold War nuclear deals and what they mean for Iran

Or (Ori) Rabinowitz, author of Bargaining on Nuclear Tests, discussed her research in the context of the looming dead-line for the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 on the future of Iran’s nuclear program.

The Optimist's Year

Tired of hearing about the Broken, Angry, Dysfunctional (BAD) Middle East? Exhausted by annoyingly negative analyses and news coverage generating the same old, same old, or worse? Persuaded that things can’t and won’t change for the better?

I can see why. The Carnegie Endowment recently asked its experts what region of the world would be home to the most “headline-making crises” in 2015? The answer? Seventy-five percent of those polled said the Middle East.