Israel’s Vote: Bibi and Beyond – April 7, 2019

Perspective with Alison Smith

Israel’s Vote: Bibi and Beyond – April 7, 2019

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: Israel’s Vote – Bibi and Beyond

Lahav Harkov, senior contributing editor with The Jerusalem Post, talks about the election campaign and the close race between incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz.

We also hear from Israeli citizens on the streets in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem about their thoughts on the coming election.

Neri Zilber, analyst and adjunct fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, discusses the broader implications of the election campaign and how Netanyahu is using his standing on the world stage to campaign for re-election.

Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, comments on the opinions of Palestinians over next week’s election and whether the results could ultimately lead to concrete change on the ground with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.


Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.

She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.

She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).