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Paralyzed Nation: Haviv Rettig Gur on three paths to end the deadlock

TOI COMMUNITY ONLY — ToI’s senior analyst breaks down potential scenarios that could end the seemingly endless election cycle

TOI senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur. (Courtesy)
TOI senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur. (Courtesy)

Israeli elections are coming around yet again — this time on November 1. How did the electoral system become so dysfunctional, and what could resolve the repeated deadlocks?

Welcome to the first episode of Paralyzed Nation, a limited series podcast exclusive for the Times of Israel Commumity that drills down into the hard questions facing Israeli voters. Amanda Borschel-Dan speaks with Times of Israel political analysts and learns about the forces that have brought us to this political deadlock.

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In this first episode of Paralyzed Nation, senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur proposes three paths to end the election stalemate. He focuses on the three frontrunners: Likud head Benjamin Netanyahu, Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid, and Benny Gantz, a co-head of National Unity. We hear how we can potentially un-paralyze the nation.

Concerned readers’ questions are the main motivation for Paralyzed Nation. If you have any questions about Israel’s electoral system that you’d like answered by our experts, please send a voice memo by email to, and if you are a ToI Community member, we’ll make every effort to include it in the show.

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