Avigdor Liberman Has Confronted Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu with a Prisoner’s Dilemma

Nov. 12 2019

With his Yisrael Beytenu party controlling eight of the Knesset’s 120 seats, Avigdor Liberman could play a major role in determining which of the front runners in the last election will become prime minister. Last weekend he offered them an ultimatum: either the two form a unity government without the Arab parties, which Yisrael Beytenu will then join, or Lieberman will throw his support behind whichever party leader is willing to compromise. Lahav Harkov notes that this creates a version of the prisoner’s dilemma, where two prisoners, held separately, can obtain the most by refusing to cooperate with the police, but each can mitigate potential punishment by providing evidence against the other:

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More about: Avigdor Liberman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli Election 2019, Israeli politics

How Israel Can Stand Up to a Belligerent Turkey

Sept. 25 2020

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara has become increasingly authoritarian, Islamist, and hostile toward Israel and the West more generally. The Turkish government has also indicated that it aspires to alter its maritime border with Greece, and even its border with Syria. Analyzing these changes, and what they term the country’s “bellicose foreign policy,” Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman, and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examine the implications for Israel, and how the Jewish state might best respond:

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More about: Israeli Security, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, U.S. Foreign policy