The Lawfare Podcast

Lawfare Podcast, Episode #102: Israeli Politics, Oy Vey!

By Benjamin Wittes
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:00 PM

The Israeli government fell this week, and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu called new elections. Israeli politics are an endlessly fascinating Byzantine mess with significant security implications for the United States. The shape of Israeli politics, after all, conditions a lot of other U.S. interests in the region---everything from the degree of friction with key Arab allies to the prospects of a conflagration with Iran. So this week, I sat down with Natan Sachs, a fellow in the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy---which, full disclosure, is run by another person named Wittes. We talked about why Israel is heading towards new elections in March, whether those elections will strengthen or weaken Netanyahu's hand, the prospects for a surge of support of the Israeli hard right, and what it all means for U.S. interests.