Will Israel’s New Coalition Be a True ‘Government of Change’?

People celebrate the swearing-in of the new government in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 13, 2021 (AP photo by Oded Balilty).
People celebrate the swearing-in of the new government in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 13, 2021 (AP photo by Oded Balilty).
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The sight of thousands of secular, liberal, cosmopolitan Israelis descending on Rabin Square in Tel Aviv last week to celebrate the appointment of a religious, conservative nationalist as their new prime minister perfectly captures the peculiar state of Israeli politics today. One can only imagine the horror that would have swept over those demonstrators had Naftali Bennett been elected under any other circumstances. But such is the political mood in Israel as the new government takes the helm: Settlers mourn the election of the former head of the Yesha Council—the umbrella organization of Jewish settlements in the West Bank—as prime […]

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