Alhurra Television comprehensively reported the Israeli Parliamentary election with live news coverage as voters went to the polls to elect the party that will lead their country. The network’s extended programming included interviews with voters, who discussed the issues that resonated with them, including the security situation and the economy. On election night, Alhurra aired Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s victory speech live.
Alhurra’s coverage included profiles of all the major players in the main Israeli political parties. Alhurra also extended its flagship talk show Free Hour to two hours to provide analysis as the results started rolling in. The show included Israeli, Palestinian, Iranian and American analysts, who discussed the future of the Israeli government, relations with the Palestinian Territories and neighboring countries following the election.
Guests included Isaac Herzog, head of the Zionist Union Party; Yariv Levin, Chairman of the Likud Party in the Knesset; Ayman Oudeh, head of the Joint Arab List; former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon; Amb. Dennis Ross, former special assistant to President Obama; and Mara Rudman, former Deputy Envoy and Chief of Staff for the Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace at the State Department.
Radio Sawa’s reporting included analysis from Palestinian and Israeli experts, as well as reaction from the White House. Sawa Magazine examined whether U.S. and Israeli reactions can be repaired following the election.