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Analyzing Israel's 2022 Election Results

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Following Israel's general election, Israeli public opinion expert and strategic consultant, Dahlia Scheindlin, and Director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Professor Dov Waxman, analyze the results of Israel's fifth national election in under four years.

Organized by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Political Science.

About the Discussion

Public opinion expert Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin and Director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Professor Dov Waxman, analyze Israel's election and discuss what the results may entail for the future of the Knesset and the State of Israel.

If you're thinking to yourself, "Didn't Israel just have a round of elections?" you would be correct. On November 1st, 2022, Israel is set to have their 5th round of elections in just four years. Although rapid-fire Israeli elections are not unprecedented due to the Knesset's (the unicameral legislature of Israel) unique structure, which encourages, if not necessitates, the creation of coalition blocs from a range of political parties to establish and maintain a Knesset majority. However, the recent batch of elections are especially unique in that they are a result of the State of Israel's recent wave of political turbulence, which culminated in the ousting of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2021 by a coalition bloc first led by Naftali Bennett and, more recently, Yair Lapid.

With allegations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust plaguing Netanyahu over the last few years, the Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the Likud Party is once again trying to assume control of the Knesset. Now, in the aftermath of the election, Netanyahu appears set to take back his previous position as Israel's Prime Minister. How will this change in power affect Israel's approach to the country's most-pressing concerns, most notably the Iran nuclear crisis and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict?


About the Speaker


Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin is a public opinion expert and strategic consultant with over twenty years of experience, specializing in liberal and progressive social causes. She has advised eight national campaigns in Israel and has worked in 15 other countries. Dahlia conducts research and policy analysis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, regional foreign policy, democracy, human rights and civil rights, minority issues, religion and state, domestic political analysis, comparative conflict and comparative politics. Her clients include local and international civil society groups, think tanks and political actors. She has regional expertise in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, particularly post-conflict societies and transitional democracies. Dahlia holds a Ph.D. in political science from Tel Aviv University and she has taught at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Tel Aviv University, the Jezreel Valley College, and Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. She is a co-founder at +972 Magazine and is a member of the Advisory Board of Jewish Currents magazine. Dahlia is currently a fellow at The Century Foundation; she co-hosts The Tel Aviv Review podcast and in 2021 co-hosted the Election Overdose podcast at Haaretz newspaper where she now has a regular column; she is also a regular commentator on global affairs for the BBC television program "Context." Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Time, The Guardian/Observer, Dissent, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, The Washington Quarterly, among other venues.


Professor Dov Waxman is the director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. He is a Professor of Political Science and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair of Israel Studies at UCLA. An award-winning teacher, he previously was professor of political science, international affairs, and Israel studies, and the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University. He also co-directed the university’s Middle East Center. In addition, he taught at the City University of New York and Bowdoin College. He has also been a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University. Professor Waxman received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and his B.A. degree from Oxford University.


Professor Waxman's research focuses on the conflict over Israel-Palestine, Israeli politics and foreign policy, U.S.-Israel relations, American Jewry’s relationship with Israel, Jewish politics, and anti-Semitism. He is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and four books: The Pursuit of Peace and The Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave, 2006), Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016), and most recently, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has also been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Foreign Policy, The Forward, and Ha’aretz, and he is a frequent commentator on television and radio.

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