What…Just…Happened? A Call with Chemi Shalev

Melanie Fineman
on May 23, 2016

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News broke last week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had offered right-wing firebrand Avigdor Lieberman, head of the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteynu party, a place in his coalition as defense minister. This offer came in the wake of weeks of coalition talks and a public fight between Netanyahu and former defense minister, Moshe Ya’alon.

Last Friday, J Street hosted a special conference call with Israeli journalist Chemi Shalev of Ha’aretz and our President, Jeremy Ben-Ami, to talk about the move’s implications. They discussed what Israel’s recent political changes mean for Netanyahu, the future of the Israeli left and more.

You can listen to the call here or below.

Melanie Fineman is a Digital Assistant at J Street. She’s on Twitter at @mnfineman.