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How Many Elections Can Israel Handle?
Challenges Facing Israel’s Democracy Conference | November 13-14, 2022

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In recent years, scholars, activists, and democracy watchdog organizations have expressed growing concerns about the fragility of Israeli democracy. An illiberal wave has swept much of the world, including Israel, as state institutions have come under attack by politicians who have increasingly resorted to divisive rhetoric, populist-nationalist policies, and the subversion of democratic norms. The polarization and splintering of the Israeli party system has led to five national elections in three-and-a-half years.

Is Israeli democracy in real danger or are the dire warnings an exercise in hyperbole? What measures might Israel take to strengthen and help to preserve its democracy? The conference addresses these and other related questions in what promises to be a thought-provoking series of panel discussions.

Location

American University East Campus Conference Center in Washington, DC.

Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Amy and Alan Meltzer and June and David Trone which made this conference possible.

Schedule

November 13, Keynote 6:00 PM

The November 2022 Elections and the Future of Israeli Democracy
Aluf Benn, Editor-in-Chief, Haaretz

November 14

9:00-9:30 AM
Registration
 
9:30-11:00 AM
Panel 1: “Can Israel be Both Jewish and Democratic?
Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler (Israel Democracy Institute (IDI))
Benny Brown (Hebrew University/IDI)
Morad Elsana (American University) 
Meital Pinto (Zefat Academic College School of Law)
Moderator: Michael Brenner (AU/Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich)
11:00-11:30 AM
Break
 
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Panel 2: “The 2022 Knesset Elections — Post-Election Analysis
Yifat Bitton (Achva Academic College/University of Chicago)
Anwar Mhajne (Stonehill College)
Gadeer Mreeh (Jewish Agency/ Former Member of Knesset)
Natan Sachs (Brookings Institution)
Moderator: Dan Arbell (AU)
 
1:00-2:30 PM
Boxed Lunch
 
2:30-4:00 PM
Panel 3: “What Does the Future Hold for Israeli Democracy?
Guy Ben-Porat (Ben-Gurion University)
Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya (Portland Trust)
Michael Koplow (Israel Policy Forum)
Gayil Talshir (Hebrew University, UCLA)
Moderator: Guy Ziv (AU)
4:15-5:30 PM
"Israel's Democracy Challenges in the Global Context" Informal discussion and reception
AU students and speakers only