The Israeli Elections Just Got Interesting: Netanyahu’s Indictment and the New Center Left Alliance

Author
Josh Dean
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
Volume
8
Issue Number
0
Publication Date
2019
Institution
The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Abstract
A little over a month ago, I wrote of an atmosphere of resignation in Israel among Netanyahu’s political opponents leading up to the Israeli parliamentary elections on April 9th. The smattering of center-left parties seeking to rival Netanyahu’s Likud at the ballot box were divided across a range of tickets, unable to put their egos aside and form a joint bloc capable of presenting a veritable challenge to the incumbent prime minister. The long-reigning Israeli leader’s tenure looked, therefore, set to extend even further. The question was not who will be the next prime minister, but rather “Who will be the next Bibi [Netanyahu]?” as Israeli comedian Tom Aharon quipped. But a lot can change in a day of Israeli politics, never mind a month. As political alliances shift rapidly, the announcement of Netanyahu’s indictment on fraud and corruption charges has further destabilized the already-turbulent atmosphere leading up to the April elections.
Topic
Corruption, Politics, Law, Elections
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, Palestine