The progressive camp in Israel has been trying for years to find its way back to the corridors of power and influence. So far unsuccessfully. Those seeking ways for change often wonder whether the solution to Israel’s problems will emerge from outside, for example driven by international action. Or if it may come from within, […]
Left and right in toda's Israel
One of the EU’s close neighbours, Israel, is gearing up for its fourth legislative elections in less than two years. It is a long-standing economic and trade partner of the EU, but relations with it are always overshadowed by the still unsolved conflict with the Palestinians and the vanishing of any real prospects for the peace process, under the enduring dominance of the Israeli Right.
For the Progressive Post, the upcoming elections are an opportunity to look at Israeli internal political dynamics and its political spectrum, and to reflect on the state of progressive forces in the Mediterranean country. Roee Kibrik, Director of Research at Mitvim (the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies), describes how the Israeli Right – which has been in power since 1977, with only few and short interruptions – has changed over time, gradually abandoning liberal principles in the name of ideological and political considerations.
Nimrod Goren, head of Mitvim and lecturer for Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, focuses on the progressive camps’ attempts to recover its power and influence and considers the options to meet this goal, in particular the role played by partnerships with the progressive organisations outside of Israel, an aspect that has been neglected for years but that the common fight against the erosion of democracy in many countries has recently reinforced.
A critical assessment from a progressive perspective of the role of Israel in the region, the recent Abraham Accords (signed in September 2020) and relations with Israel’s allies, namely the US, is finally provided by Ksenia Svetlova, former member of the Knesset and Director of the Program on Israel-Middle East Relations at Mivim, who claims the need for the progressive camp in Israel to offer a real alternative agenda in foreign policy, one based on an inclusive dialogue.
The Abraham Accords that were signed recently between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can be equalled to a tip of an iceberg: much more is laying beneath the surface. These accords were signed only in September 2020, but they build upon two decades of diplomatic work, communications and visits. It also represents […]
To understand Israel properly, one must get to know the political right, its characteristics, components, and the changes it has undergone in recent years. The right has been in power since 1977, save for the brief terms of Yitzhak Rabin (1974–77, 1992–95) and Ehud Barak (1999-2001) as prime ministers. It has been a partner in […]
Why we need a feminist foreign policy
Under a Social Democratic-led government Sweden was the first country to pursue a feminist foreign policy. Between 2014-2022 we systematically analysed what decisions would mean for women and girls, using the three Rs – rights, representation and resources. Although the Swedish right-wing government decided to abolish this policy, several countries with different political colours have […]
A feminist foreign policy? Redefining its meaning
Traditionally, foreign policy has belonged to the realm of high politics and has long been conducted in accordance with the doctrine of the raison d’état (reason of State) and in the arcana imperii (State secrets), where only men have been present. Foreign policy, more than other policies, has therefore been particularly masculinised. When, in 2014, […]
The cost of victory: coping with the prospect of Ukraine’s ‘lost generation’
The civilian population continues to bear the brunt of Russia’s unprovoked onslaught on Ukraine. Consequently, Russia’s possible defeat on the battlefield might still prove to be a Pyrrhic victory for Ukraine, which now faces the daunting prospect of having to cope with a ‘lost generation’ of its citizens. Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, […]