Israel is in the midst of its fourth Parliamentary election in two years. The Knesset and the Government are barely functioning in one of the most challenging times in Israel’s history. People have lost faith in their elected officials who seemed detached from any reality or sense of responsibility. Why is Israeli Democracy on life support? Do Israelis have a pulse? Understanding who Israelis are and what they think is the key to understanding Israel. Utilizing exclusive public opinion research and polling data, a thorough perspective of Israelis is presented. What is the difference between Israeli Jews and Israeli Israelis? Ashkenazim and Sephardim? Left and Right? Religious and Secular? Veterans and Immigrants? Jews and Arabs? Learn how these various demographic groups impact the political system and the Knesset.
Israel: Democracy on Life Support - Trying to Find the Pulse of a Nation
Mitchell Barak is a pollster, strategic communicator, and messaging expert. Called an “Israeli-American public opinion expert” by the Wall Street Journal, his opinions and surveys have been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, and many others. He founded KEEVOON Research, a global survey research and strategic communications firm based in Israel. He served as an international media adviser for Israeli President Shimon Peres, speechwriter for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and as an adviser to Israeli Finance Ministers Dan Meridor and Yaakov Neeman. Additionally, he worked as an aide to Benjamin Netanyahu in the Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister's Office during the tenure of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. A New York native, Mitchell holds a BA degree in Political Science and Psychology from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and their eight children in Jerusalem.