13. 10. 2019 16:00 - 17:30
Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1
The basic pillars of democracy, among them independent courts and independent media, have become in many democratic states under the attack of democratically elected politicians. Nationalism and rights of a majority became accented at the expense of liberal values. In electoral campaigns, political opponents are depicted as a threat to the stability of a state. Israel is not immune to many of those trends. How robust is Israeli democracy? To what extent are illiberal tendencies in the USA and Europe similar or different to those in Israel? Can the growing focus on the Jewish character of Israel weaken the democratic character of the state? These topics and other issues will be discussed by Einat Wilf, a former foreign-policy adviser of Shimon Peres and a former member of the Knesset, Gadi Taub, a historian from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a political commentator, and Shlomo Avineri, a political scientist. Moderated by Irena Kalhousová. The program is part of Festival of Democracy 2019, associated program of the Forum 2000 Conference.