As Israelis set out to vote for the fourth time in two years, two of the country’s sharpest political analysts look at its politics and the public trends that matter most to the citizens of the Jewish state. Prime Minister Netantyahu is the central fact of Israel’s political system, and the editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, Yaakov Katz, and the founding editor of Mida, Ran Baratz, are joined by the JNS managing editor Alex Traiman to analyze the factors that will determine Israel’s next government.
Ran Baratz is the founding editor of the Hebrew-language conservative news site Mida and a columnist for Makor Rishon. He previously served as the director of communications for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office between 2016-2017. Baratz conducts research on matters of national policy, chiefly security, economics and government, and lectures on philosophy, history, and Zionist thought at numerous Israeli academic and informal educational institutions. He regularly publishes op-eds, essays, and studies in leading Israeli and American newspapers and periodicals.