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The Impact of Religious Conflict on Democratic Elections: Israel 2013 and 2015 Open Access

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The purpose of this thesis is to analyze and determine the impact of religious conflict in the Middle East on democratic elections in Israel. To do this, the 2013 and 2015 Israeli elections were considered. Specifically, the party platforms and campaigns leading up to the 2013 and 2015 elections were analyzed and compared with the election results, as well as the historic results of Israeli elections and positions of parties running for election to the Israeli Knesset. Ultimately, it was determined that while religious conflict does not maintain a direct impact on the outcomes of the Israeli democratic elections to the Knesset, the presence of issues relating to religious in the party platforms does, in fact, maintain a direct impact on the outcomes of the election.

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