A Post-Israeli Election Analysis

with Naomi Chazan
Wed., Feb. 11, 2009 

Naomi Chazan, former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, discussed how the results of the Feb. 10 Israeli elections may impact Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, and in particular, the role of the U.S. Administration.

Podcast: http://btvshalom.org/btvshalom.org/resources/20090211_au.html

Recommended Reading:

A Guide to the Israeli Electoral System by Jan Jaben-Eilon. February 9, 2009.

Israel Broadcasting Authority to air election newscast in English. Haaretz. February 9, 2009.

Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher. Americans for Peace Now. February 9, 2009.

Israel’s Election: Not Our Problem by M.S. Rosenberg.  IPF Friday. February 6, 2009.

Meretz USA 2009 Election Resource Page.


Naomi Chazan presents one of the clearest and most unwavering voices in support of social and political justice in the State of Israel today. Chazan has consistently challenged Israel to pursue a negotiated resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict through periods of profound hope and desperation alike. For Chazan, this pursuit is a matter not of political expedience or necessity alone, but is also pivotal to the realization of the principles of freedom, justice and equality upon which Israel was founded.

Chazan's career in activism has spanned more than 30 years and has involved the spheres of government, civil society and academia.

Naomi Chazan is president of the New Israel Fund, credited with building Israel's progressive civil society from scratch. She also serves as Head of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo.

Chazan is best known for her ten years in the Knesset as one of Meretz Party's most effective legislators. She was first elected to the Knesset in 1992. She served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and Chairperson of the Committee to Combat Drug Abuse, and as a member of the committees on Foreign Affairs and Defense, Economics, the Advancement of the Status of Woman and Immigration and Absorption among others.

Chazan is Professor Emerita of Political Science and African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is the former chair of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. Her area of expertise is African Studies and she has written eight books and numerous articles on the subject. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and the University of Ife in Nigeria and has served as the vice-president of the International Political Science Association.

One of Chazan's abiding passions throughout her career has been for advancing the status of women in Israel. She is active with The International Women's Commission for a Just and Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Peace (IWC) , which is working for a strong international role for women in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 1984, she co-founded the Israel Women's Network and, in 1989, the Israel Women's Peace Net. She is particularly concerned with the impact of the persistent militarism of the occupation in stymieing the advancement of women in Israel and is one of the most visible leaders of the Women's Peace Movement. She also served as a member of the Israeli Delegation to UN Conference on Women in Nairobi (1985) and Beijing (1995).

Chazan lives in Jerusalem.

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