On March 2, 2020, for the third time in less than a year, Israel elected a new parliament after two failed efforts to build a coalition. For the third time the election ended in a neck-and-neck race between the two strongest parties - Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and Blue and White led by Benny Gantz. Once again, Israel finds itself in a difficult phase of coalition building - compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Israel's citizens and politicians are pressing for a near-term solution. Which outcomes are possible for a new government?
How does COVID-19 influence the process of coalition building? What are the chances for a functioning government without new elections? The discussion will also shed light on the German-Israeli relationship during this crisis. How are Israel and Germany working side by side to fight the coronavirus, and how are both countries benefiting from the cooperation?
To discuss these questions in more detail, we are delighted to host Israel's Acting Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Jeremy Issacharoff, for an AJC Berlin Online Event. Issacharoff has been ambassador in Berlin since August 2017. Previously, he served several years as vice director general at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem. From 2005-2009, he served as Israel's envoy to Washington D.C. He is married with three children.