The U.S. and Israel are holding pivotal elections in November. Here’s what’s at stake

Left: U.S. President Joe Biden (photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/Flickr Creative Commons), right: Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid (photo courtesy Brookings Institution).

With major elections coming up in the United States and Israel, we faraway Canadian Jews—many of whom just voted in our own municipal elections across Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba—wanted to better understand what’s on the ballot in the two countries with the highest Jewish populations on the planet.

As Israel approaches its fifth election in three years, how has the landscape changed (or not) with Benjamin Netanyahu out of office?

Looking stateside, how has the influence of Christian nationalism affected the Repulican party and the American political landscape?

Gil Troy, a professor of American history and scholar of Zionism, who also used to write a political column for The CJN, joins to explain how each election feels like elections past—and how they’re also hugely different.


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