Media and the Current Israeli Elections
Israeli politics is once again in turmoil, and the country will hold yet another national election on March 23, the fourth in two years. Candidates are desperately seeking innovative and sophisticated ways to target their traditional political base as well as potential new voters to distinguish themselves from both political enemies and ideological rivals. Can a stable government emerge? Will #4 be the charm?
Social media has dramatically changed how political campaigns are created and implemented, allowing incumbents and newcomers alike to speak directly to voters, and it has gradually become the key domain around the world, where political campaigns are won or lost.
Is anything uniquely Israeli about the use of media, social and otherwise, in this campaign? What are the key messages being delivered, and who are their target audiences? A panel of experts in media and politics will discuss how this campaign is being run and what it may portend for Israel’s future.
Yoram Peri (Moderator) is the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies at the University of Maryland.
Gabriel Weimann is Emeritus Professor of Communication at Haifa University and currently a visiting professor of Israel Studies at the University of Maryland.
Anat Ben-David is Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication and co-founder of Open Media and Information Lab at Open University, Israel.
Thair Abu-Ras is a PhD. candidate in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 12:30 PM (EST) 6:30 PM (IST)