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Episode Info: A recording of a public lecture given by John Lyndon at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London on 24 November 2017. John Lyndon was speaking at this event in his personal capacity and not as a representative of OneVoice Europe. Abstract: An entire political epoch has passed since Benjamin Netanyahu took control of Israel’s Likud Party in 1993, before first becoming Prime Minister in 1996. If Prime Minister Netanyahu completes his current term in office, he will become the longest-serving leader in Israeli history, overtaking the state’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. No previous Israeli leader has so successfully and radically embedded their vision and ethos within the national social, political and economic consensus, transforming Israel’s sense of itself and its place in the world; whilst simultaneously presiding over an unparalleled period of inertia and stalemate with regards to Israel’s central political question: its relationship with the Palestinians. How will the Israel that Benjamin Netanyahu has shaped-- and the Palestinian political reality that has emerged partly as consequence-- fare after the passing of this era? And can the prolonged diplomatic holding pattern that he has perfected persevere, once he vacates centre stage? Bio: John Lyndon is Executive Director of OneVoice Europe, which supports grassroots activists in Israel and Palestine, focused on achieving a just and negotiated resolution to the conflict. Prior to joining OneVoice, John ran Ethiopiaid Ireland, and has written and worked extensively on conflict resolution for over a decade, appearing in media outlets such as CNN, Newsweek, Sky News and TIME Magazine. He holds a BA in English and History from University College Dublin, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Sheffield, where he won the 2007 Bethan Reeves Prize for his research on the Middle East. A former member of the Under 35s Steering Committee at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, John is also a Visiting Fellow at the King’s College London Department of Middle Eastern Studies.
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