Not long ago I gave a presentation on the Israeli political system at a DC area synagogue. Discussions on politics often focus on policy and/or personality. Israeli politics is full of out-sized personalities and this is often the focus on conversation. Bibi is… Lieberman is… etc.
But institutions, the mechanisms by which decisions are made and decision-makers selected are critical to understanding politics. Israel has a truly unique system which, frankly, contributes to political fragmentation. I tried to emphasize that point in my presentation and in my ongoing effort to shed light not heat, my slides are below.
At the very end, I have a small note of hope!