Israel-Palestine: How is the war changing Israeli politics?

Experts discuss the implications of the war in Gaza on Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli society and the country’s relations in the region.

Open event, Panel Recording
10 January 2024 — 3:00PM TO 4:00PM

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Experts discuss prospects for a leadership change and political realignment in Israel.

The surprise Hamas attack on southern Israel claimed the lives of 1,200 Israelis while around 240 others were taken hostage in Gaza. In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared war on Hamas, and formed an emergency government with opposition leader Benny Gantz to create a war cabinet to lead Israel’s offensive on Gaza which has so far resulted in thousands of Palestinian deaths and a dire humanitarian situation in the strip.

The 7 October attack shook the nation to its core. While the political divisions that had gripped Israeli society and politics for months were put on hold, these rifts remain unresolved and have been exacerbated. While many Israelis see Netanyahu as responsible for the tragedy and predict that the end of the war will be the end of his political career, discussions about replacing him or calls for elections are on hold until at least a permanent ceasefire in Gaza is agreed.

A panel of experts discuss:

  • What are the Israeli government’s military and political objectives in the current war and are they achievable?
  • What are the implications of the war against Hamas on Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians and for peace prospects? 
  • How have events since 7 October changed Israeli society and politics?
  • What are the prospects for a leadership change and a new political realignment?
  • How is Israel’s standing in the region and relationships with Middle Eastern states changed as a result of the war?
  • What are the implications of the Supreme Court’s rejection of Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial reforms?

This event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work focusing on the Israel-Palestine conflict.