Thoughts about the Israeli “snap elections”

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves after a vote to dissolve the Israeli parliament, also known as the Knesset, in Jerusalem December 8, 2014

Israeli lawmakers voted last Wednesday to dissolve the parliament, paving the way for the snap elections, as the deadline has passed for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government coalition. The new elections were scheduled for September 17.

Sputnik discussed the dissolution of Israel’s legislative body with Dr Nir Boms, a research fellow from the Moshe Dayan Centre at Tel Aviv University and the coordinator of the TAU Workshop on Israel and the Middle East.

Sputnik: The Knesset will be dissolved for the first time in Israel’s 71-year history as a state. How significant is that?

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Israel and the Arab world – Jerusalem Studio 373

Israel’s relations – with what is considered to be, the moderate Arab world, had recently been upgraded from an open secret to public display, which raises questions vis-à-vis the visibility of Israel’s acceptance in the pre-dominantly Arab region.

Panel:
-Jonathan Hessen, host.
-Amir Oren, analyst.
-Mr. Danny Ayalon – Israel’s Former Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States.
– Dr. Nir Boms – Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University
– Lt. Col. Res. Reuven Ben Shalom – Cross-cultural strategist and columnist at the Jerusalem Post.

Israel-Jordan, peace treaty enters it’s 25th anniversity – A crisis in the making?

After seemingly having a relatively tranquil quarter century, following the 1994 signing of a peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, a sudden chill is threatening the relations between the two countries, with the announcement by King Abdullah to end certain arrangements of the bilateral agreement.

To discuss the expected implications of the move, we are joined here in the studio by;

Dr. Nir Boms – Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University
Mr. Gilad Sher, Senior Research Fellow – INSS
Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute for Security and Strategy and a lecturer at Shalem College in Jerusalem

Analyst: Amir Oren