LISTEN: A guide for those still perplexed by Israel’s threepeat election
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LISTEN: A guide for those still perplexed by Israel’s threepeat election

On this week’s podcast, we grill political correspondent Raoul Wootliff on what’s different — if anything — about this upcoming third trip to the ballot box on March 2

On March 2, Israeli citizens will once again have the opportunity to exercise their democratic right as they take part in a third round of elections in less than a year. But within the endless campaigning and power shifts, it’s easy to lose the plot.

To gain clarity on what is different this time (if anything!), Jewish World editor Amanda Borschel-Dan invited ToI’s political correspondent Raoul Wootliff to a nuts-and-bolts grilling that was recorded early this week.

It’s easy to get confused — and Borschel-Dan does — but guru Wootliff shares with listeners possible scenarios and how likely it is that Israeli citizens will need to take a fourth trip to the ballot boxes. (No spoilers.)

Like much in Israel, everything surrounding the elections is a changing story, so be sure to check out the website for updates and developments.

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