Israel Against Democracy, Part 2: Post-Elections Analysis
Amsterdam University College, NL
Dr. Hilla Dayan (Ph.D, New School for Social Research, 2008) is a Lecturer, specializing in democracy and civil society theory, social and political theory and the Middle East. She has over ten years professional experience leading advocacy campaigns with Israeli and international organisations.
The recent elections in Israel were held, as in past years, in a climate of resignation. No big surprises were anticipated, and no one for a minute doubted that Benyamin Netanyahu would be elected for a historic third time. Even when the results were announced, the landslide victory of the new party, Yesh Atid [there is a future], led by media celebrity Yair Lapid, was hardly a surprise. It is the third time that a vaguely centrist party with a vaguely anti-religious, patriotic agenda takes a big chunk of the ‘average Israeli’ votes...