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The reign of Prime Minister Netanyahu, the longest-serving Prime Minister of the state of Israel, has drawn to a close and Israel has a new unity government with Naftali Bennett of the right-leaning Yamina Party and Yair Lapid of the left-leaning party, Yesh Atid. What role did Mansour Abbas of the Ra’am Party have?  What dynamics were in play behind the scenes to create this government? Will it be able to survive, or will Israel be headed to a fifth election in two and a half years? Will there be a consensus among the unity government leaders on issues of national security having to do with the Palestinians and Iran?

To answer these questions and more, we are honored to have with us, once again, Alex Traiman, Managing Director and Jerusalem Bureau Chief of

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Alex Traiman is the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for  Traiman has provided coverage and analysis of Israel’s past three elections, providing unique insights into Israel’s political landscape, regional security threats–in particular Iran, and the US-Israel diplomatic relationship.  Traiman is a critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker, directing the award-winning film ‘Iranium’ on the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program, and producing the award-winning film ‘Honor Diaries’ on the systemic abuse of women in Muslim-majority societies.  He directed a short documentary on President Barack Obama’s relationship with the State of Israel in the run-up to the 2012 elections.  Traiman also serves as Director of New Media, and Senior Contributor at Voice of Israel.

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