Boyar Students Question Knesset Candidates at Political Party Panel

Boyar High School is preparing for the crucial Israeli elections of the 21st Knesset which will take place on April 9th.

On March 3rd Boyar hosted a panel discussion among representatives of nine different political parties. All of the candidates are, themselves, candidates in the election and many are former, and most likely, future Knesset members.

Panel Participants, from left — Ilan Gilon (Meretz), Uzi Dayan (Likkud), Orit Farkash-Hacohen (Blue & White), Roee Folkman (Kulanu), Matan Kahana (The New Right), Oded Forer (Israel Beitenu), Michal Biran (Labour), Yonatan Dubov (The Union of Right-Wing Parties), Haggai Reznik (Gesher).

The candidates who participated in the panel at Boyar were, in alphabetical order, Michal Biran (Labour), Uzi Dayan (Likkud), Yonatan Dubov (The Union of Right-Wing Parties), Orit Farkash-Hacohen (Blue & White), Roee Folkman (Kulanu), Oded Forer (Israel Beitenu),  Ilan Gilon (Meretz), Matan Kahana (The New Right) and Haggai Reznik (Gesher).

The candidates responded to questions written by students in grades 11-12 who were in the audience. Topics covered, among others, were socio-economic issues related to public housing, regulation and the reduction of socio-economic gaps, the Palestinian issue, the question of the political arrangement, policies regarding the prime minister and the reports of suspicions against him, and more.

In addition, the candidates also posed questions to each other and, at times, disagreed with each other. The candidates helped students to formulate a position toward the elections.

All nine Knesset candidates posed with Boyar High School principal Dafna Menashe Baruch, fourth from left, and other Boyar staff members after the lively panel discussion.

Following the panel, a preliminary surveys will be conducted in the school, and on April 8th,1919, on the eve of the elections, a real election sample will be held at the school.

Established in Jerusalem 1964 through the vision and generosity of Louis Boyar of Los Angeles and named in honor of his wife, Mae, Boyar is one of the most distinguished high-schools in Israel. It is dedicated to cultivating excellence in the scholastic performance of the students, in their social values, and in the fields of sports, culture, and the arts.

The school’s vibrant student body is composed of 971 highly motivated and scholastically capable teenagers from the full spectrum of Israeli society. A combination of day school students, who are mostly from Jerusalem, and boarders from outlying and developing communities in Israel’s periphery, contributes to the school’s unique learning environment. Respect for humanity, celebrating difference, and pluralism are core values that guide Boyar as a learning community.

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