Religious tensions and nationalist politics provide a backdrop for the coming election season in Israel.
“Uneasiness inhabits Israel, a shadow beneath the polished surface,” according to journalist Roger Cohen. “In a violent Middle Eastern neighborhood of fracturing states, that is perhaps inevitable, but Israelis are questioning their nation and its future with a particular insistence. As the campaign for March elections begins, this disquiet looks like the precursor of political change.”
Many analysts see the coming Israeli elections as potentially determining the path of a two-state or one-state future for Israelis and Palestinians. Cohen argues that “this election constitutes a pivotal moment” for the state of Israel and for the Palestinian people.
Roger Cohen’s op-ed appears in the New York Times online.