What does the ouster of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu mean for relations between the country and the Biden administration — and for the Middle East more broadly? In for Jim Braude, Sue O’Connell was joined by Leila Farsakh, chair of the political science department at UMass Boston and author of “Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel: Labour, Land and Occupation” and Jeremy Burton, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, who discussed the generational change in leadership.
“Israelis are starting to envision a different kind of politics,” Burton said about the coalition of left and right parties. “I do think it is a sea change. This is the most diverse government in the history of the state of Israel.”
“This is a very fragile national unity government. We don’t know how long it will last… the question will be, when will be the next crisis and how will they handle it?” Farsakh said about the coalition that was brought together in opposition to Netanyahu. “The U.S. – Israeli relation is going to be important in this regard, because this forthcoming approach of Biden will be much welcomed as a sign of saying: Israel is a democratic country and wants to continue with the path and away from too much disruptive politics with Netanyahu.”
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