Judocracy - The Netayahu Era
The Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series
Gayil Talshir, P.hD., Department of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Monday, February 21, 2022, AT 7:00 PM
ZOOM EVENT | FREE AND OPEN TO ALL | REGISTER TO ATTEND I EVENT WILL BE RECORDED
Dr. Talshir has her DPhil from Oxford University where she wrote her dissertation on the political ideology of the Greens in Europe. She is an expert on Israeli politics and society and a frequent commentator on Israeli and international media. She has established and led the Center for Advanced Public Policy and the Program for Top Civil Servants as well as the President’s Program for Academic Leadership. She explores the ideological scene as a dimension of the crisis of democracy. She recently led two research groups and published two books, one on higher education and democracy and one on governability and democracy. Her current book Judocracy is on the ideological transformation and structural changes in the Netanyahu era.
Commentators, journalists, and experts of Israeli politics have often declared Netanyahu to be an opportunistic leader with a great desire to rule - but with no clear ideological agenda or creed. The lecture argues that Netanyahu's governments have fundamentally transformed Israeli politics and society: from the national narrative to the balance between 'Jewish' and 'Democratic', from the status of the Supreme Court to how civic education is taught in Israel, from the definitions of Right and Left to the idea of governability and notions of loyalty. The ideological transformations and structural changes are discussed through the lenses of some of the spearhead ideologues and top ministers and of course Netanyahu himself. The exposition of the attempts to overtake the public media, resulting in the indictment and Netanyahu's trial, tells the story of Israeli politics under its longest-serving prime minister.