The Battle of the Bennys

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Posted by: Gil Brav, Israeli Shaliach (Emissary)

We are living in one of the most interesting eras for Israeli politics.

Like a bad TV reunion (I'm looking at you, Fuller House), Israel is yet again moving fast towards an election—the third in one year—and it is very confusing, even for Israelis.

Although the Israeli voter can vote for over 40 different parties, it seems like the real battle is one over the character of Israel, and the Israeli community is split right down the middle, with the main issue of contention around who is worthy of being the next prime minister.

This has become known as “the battle of the Bennys.”

On the one hand you have Benjamin “Benny” Gantz, leader of the “Kahol Lavan” party and former Chief of the General Staff, a well-known army officer whom many Israelis trust but who has no political experience.

On the other hand, current and longest running Israeli prime minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, who today is seen as one of the strongest and most controversial political figures in Israel, and who also has been indicted in three cases of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. He has many supporters protesting in his favor saying “only Bibi,” while his opponents say “anyone but Bibi.”

It is impossible to predict what will happen in the upcoming elections in March, but if you want to further understand Bibi’s rise to power and his influence and connection with Israeli voters, don’t miss Thursday’s film, King Bibi.

Film Screening: King Bibi

Thursday, Dec 19 | 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Directed by Dan Shadur | Israel | 2018 | 87 minutes
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This film explores Israel Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s rise to power, relying solely on archival footage of his media performances over the years: from his days as a popular guest expert on American TV, through his public confession of adultery and his mastery of the art of social media.

From one studio to another, “King Bibi” evolved from Israel’s great political hope to a controversial figure whom some perceive as Israel’s savior, and others as a cynical politician who will stop at nothing to retain his power.

1:00 PM Screening
$6.50 Member | $9.50 Public | Purchase Tickets 

7:30 PM Screening
$12.50 Member | $17.50 Public | Purchase Tickets 


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