Israeli Politics and Society before the Israel-Hamas War of 2023

The talk will cover Israeli elections, party system, coalition politics in Israel (and a constructive vote of no confidence), and minorities and Israeli democracy. The talk will provide participants with some background on the proposed judicial reform, its antecedents, and potential consequences shedding light on the nine months  leading up to October 7.

Udi Sommer is a political science professor at Tel Aviv University and a research fellow at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. He has held leadership positions at the Israel Young Academy and the Israeli Cyber Forum at Columbia University. Udi has extensive research interests, including Comparative and American Politics, Politics of Sexuality and Gender, Judicial politics, pandemics and politics, and Cyber Security. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed pieces in top outlets and has received several grants and fellowships. Udi co-led a team that won a grant of one Million New Israeli Shekels from the US State Department and the Fulbright Program to establish a new Center for the Study of the United States in Tel Aviv. Before his academic career, Udi founded and directed social programs for underprivileged youth and completed advanced graduate training in clinical psychology.

Datum: 07.05.2024