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Israel’s Political and Constitutional Crisis

March 29, 2020

Episode Notes:

After three inconclusive elections, it looks like Israel will finally form a government. Citing the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis, opposition leader Benny Gantz appears willing to join a unity government with his rival, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The move is controversial amongst Gantz’ supporters, who had hoped to unseat Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving prime minister who has been indicted on corruption charges and may have to stand trial. This political news has been set against the backdrop of a remarkable constitutional crisis between the Knesset — Israel’s parliament — and the Supreme Court.

Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer joins the Warcast to explain political developments in Israel. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. A retired career diplomat, he served from 2001-2005 as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt.


[ 01:21 ] What a unity government would mean?

[ 03:25 ] What is the status of Netanyahu’s legal troubles, and how does this affect the current political situation?

[ 06:11 ] What is at the heart of the constitutional crisis between the Knesset and the Supreme Court?

[ 09:28 ] What does this mean for the United States?

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