I have written to you in past years to alert you to Americans for Peace Now’s annual Israel study
tour, which I lead. These tours focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and efforts to resolve it, and examine
Israel’s security and diplomatic challenges, as well as the situation on the Palestinian side.
This year’s tour is different. For one thing, it takes place earlier than the usual – April 25 to April 30 – which
means that time for registration is short.
The timing of this year’s tour gives us a unique opportunity to observe Israeli society right after general
elections, as a new government coalition takes shape, and with it new policies – for better or worse. By the time
we start our tour, five weeks after the March 17 general elections, we should expect a government coalition to have
been formed and maybe even sworn in. Considering the importance of these elections, and regardless of their
results, the period following the elections will be pivotal for Israel’s future as is the ever-revolving Middle
Eastern regional kaleidoscope.