In the 2020 Israeli elections both everything and nothing is at stake. Blue & White, under Benny Gantz, is seriously challenging Likud and Benjamin Netanyahu, who was indicted on charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust in 2019. However, neither party's vision seems compatible with a lasting solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Our Lunch Briefing will address these ambiguities and examine the results and possible implications of the Israeli elections.
Riccardo Bocco is Professor of Political Anthropology. His main geographical area of fieldwork for the last 35 years has been the Near East, with a particular focus on Jordan, Israel/Palestine and Lebanon, where he lived for several years. He has successively worked on issues of development policies and state-building, humanitarian aid and refugees, and peacebuilding and the role of art.
Cyrus Schayegh is Professor of International History. Before joining the Graduate Institute, he was Associate Professor at Princeton University and Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut. His publications include, The Middle East and the Making of the Modern World (2017), and the edited volume Globalizing the U.S. Presidency: Postcolonial Views of John F. Kennedy (2020).