WHO: American University experts Guy Ziv and Dan Arbell.
WHAT: Israel's presidential election and why Netanyahu tried to influence it, President Shimon Peres's tenure and upcoming trip to Washington.
WHEN: May 30 - ongoing
WHERE: In-Studio, via Skype, via telephone, or at American
An Israeli presidential election is usually not newsworthy according to experts because the role is largely ceremonial. However, this time around, the world's oldest serving head of state Shimon Peres's term is ending, and Prime Minister Netanyahu chose to interfere in the election representing an unprecedented move to affect the outcome after also attempting to eliminate the position all together meeting stiff resistance from his own cabinet.
Also noteworthy is Peres' upcoming visit to the White House at the end of June and his invitation from Pope Francis to meet at the Vatican. What does all of this mean? The American University Israel experts below are available to discuss recent and upcoming events.
Guy Ziv, American University School of International Service professor, is an expert on U.S. foreign policy decision-making and the role of political elites in the Arab-Israeli conflict. In particular, Ziv's research includes the impact of Israel's nuclear policy on U.S.-Israel relations and the role of leaders' personalities in foreign policy change. Ziv is currently in Israel as director of AU's Summer Abroad in Israel Program. Ziv's op-eds have appeared in both American and Israeli newspapers, such as Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Newsday, USA Today, and Ynet News. Ziv is available to discuss the upcoming presidential election in Israel including the unusual steps taken by Prime Minister Netanyahu to influence the outcome in addition to President Shimon Peres's term of office and visit to Washington later in June. (Interviews with Ziv will be done from Israel)
Dan Arbell, American University Center for Israeli Studies scholar-in-residence, is a 25 year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service, serving in senior posts overseas in the UN, the US and Japan, and holding senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Jerusalem. Arbell can discuss the competition of the candidates and MK Reuven Rivlin's (Likud) status as the front runner. On the White House visit of President Shimon Peres, which will be his last one as president, Arbell can discuss Peres' impact on issues of Israeli security and peace and whether his legacy for peace with the Palestinians will carry on.
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