Israelis are going to the polls in a critical election in less than two months, where they’ll face a stark choice between the two leading parties, Likud and Zionist Union. The bellwether issues are driving the political conversation, and the possible coalition scenarios will not only depend on defense and the two-state solution, but also a myriad of social issues important to Israelis.
J Street’s Women’s Leadership Forum hosted a special briefing with with former Israeli Knesset Deputy Speaker and leading human rights activist Naomi Chazan to discuss the ever-changing political landscape in Israel and the impact social issues will have on the upcoming Israeli elections.
About Naomi Chazan: Naomi Chazan, former Israeli Knesset Deputy Speaker and leading human rights activist, served as president of the New Israel Fund from 2008-2012. Chazan served on the NIF Board from 1992-93, resigned upon being elected to the Knesset for the Meretz party, and rejoined the NIF Board in January 2007. She is Professor Emerita of Political Science and African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she served as Chair of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, and has been a Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University and a Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies at MIT. Chazan currently serves as Dean of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo and as Director of the Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. (via NIF)