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From Haaretz – Israel's oldest daily newspaper – a weekly podcast in English on Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.




Parties, protests and sky-high prices as Eurovision rocks into Tel Aviv

As Israel welcomes the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, host Simon Spungin and Haaretz culture correspondent Avi Pitchon meet with ambassadors from two of the 41 countries taking part in the competition: Ambassador Thessalia Salina Shambos of Cyprus and Ambassador Magnus Hellgren of Sweden. We discuss the unifying character of Eurovision, the unique challenges of hosting the event in Tel Aviv, whether protests during the competition are legitimate – and much more.


Netanyahu fiddles while Gaza – and Israel's south – burn

Host Simon Spungin and Haaretz columnist Allison Kaplan Sommer discuss the latest escalation between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, which comes on the eve of Ramadan and just days before Israel celebrates Independence Day. And, with guests arriving in Tel Aviv for the Eurovision Song Contest, we ask: Is Hamas merely blackmailing Israel? Will Netanyahu allow Israel's south to be bombarded with rockets while Tel Aviv parties? And why has no one on the Israeli side got...


From Poway to Palestine, Jewish-Muslim kinship will prevail

Host Simon Spungin is joined by recently retired Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston to discuss the shooting attack at a synagogue in San Diego, an anti-Semitic cartoon in the New York Times International Edition and hopes for a better future in Israel.


During Passover, Israel takes a pass on religious freedom

As Jews in Israel and across the world celebrate the Passover holiday – also known in Hebrew as the festival of freedom – we discuss the controversial ban on bringing food into public hospitals during the eight-day holiday. Is the government merely protecting the sensibilities of religious Jews or is this a as clear a case of religious coercion as it seems? We'll also talk about the start of negotiations between Prime Minister Netanyahu and his likely coalition partners – one of whom is...


Netanyahu's 'Camgate' tactic is straight out of the Jim Crow playbook

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Noa Landau and author and editor Larry Derfner, to discuss the aftermath of Israel's general election. Camgate


Netanyahu – the political genius leading Israel into the abyss

Host Simon Spungin is joined by senior Haaretz columnist Bradley Burtson and social media editor Alex Griffing, to discuss the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's Israeli election. With 97 percent of the votes counted, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears poised to secure a record-breaking fifth term of office – despite his Likud party gaining the same number of seats at his closest rival. As Netanyahu begins the process of forming his new government, we ask:


Netanyahu's only ideology is staying in power

With just hours to go before voting begins in one of the closest, bitterest and most contentious elections in recent Israeli history, host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn and columnist Anshel Pfeffer. Is there nothing that Bibi won't do, say or promise to remain in power? Will a coalition of former allies, from across the political spectrum, join forces to push Netanyahu out? And what do the prime minister's recent comments about annexing parts of the West Bank...


Netanyahu needs to crush Hamas or his rivals will crush him

Host Simon Spungin talks to senior correspondent Chemi Shalev about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's short trip to the United States, which has been cut short by a rocket attack on a central Israeli moshav: What does the prime minister's hasty retreat tell us about how he thinks his election campaign is going and how will his rivals use his perceived inability to crush Hamas against him? In Part II, Hagar Shezaf, Haaretz's video and multimedia editor, casts her critical eye over Justice...


For every Gaza rocket, Israel commits thousands of crimes. Listen to Amira Hass

Host Simon Spungin talks to Amira Hass, Haaretz's long-serving correspondent in the Occupied Territories, about the cost-of-living protests in the Gaza Strip, the "accidental" rocket fire on Tel Aviv and how Israel's policy of separating the West Bank from Gaza is effectively stifling Palestinian national unity. We also discuss the first election in Israeli history in which the Palestinians are a non-issue and ask what it will take get them back on the agenda.


Netanyahu's fate is in the hands of a pro-marijuana crackpot

Host Simon Spungin talks to Ravit Hecht, Allison Kaplan Sommerand Chaim Levinson about the Central Election Committee's decision to bar left-wing and Arab candidates, while granting a certificate of kashrut to far-right candidates. Plus: Will wild and wacky Moshe Feiglin become the kingmaker in the next Knesset – assuming he's not too stoned to vote – and why are Israelis apparently oblivious to the Ilhan Omar controversy that's dominating the American news cycle?


Netanyahu has lost America. Is Israel next?

Days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the first sitting Israeli prime minister to be served a draft indictment - for fraud, breach of trust and bribery - host Simon Spungin and columnist Bradley Burston discuss his plan for political survival and ask: Is there anything Bibi won't do to remain in power?


Bibi is opening the Knesset door for Kahanist racists

On today's episode of Haaretz Weekly, senior commentator Chemi Shalev and host Simon Spungin discuss the upcoming Israeli election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's gaffe-prone visit to Warsaw and what American Jews and Israelis should learn from Ilhan Omar's controversial tweet. Follow Haaretz Weekly on iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts.


When Democrats vote against the pro-Israel lobby, Bibi should worry

On this week's episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin talks to Washington correspondent Amir Tibon about the anti-BDS law which was passed last week by the U.S. Congress and to diplomatic correspondent Noa Landau about the upcoming Israeli election, fake news, Netanyahu's overseas trips, and even the Eurovision Song Contest. Follow Haaretz Weekly on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.


Why a Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights org faces an Israeli ban?

In the first section of this two-part episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin talks to Yonatan Gher, director of Amnesty International Israel, about his organization's new campaign targeting online booking companies for "driving settlement expansion and profiting from war crimes." Has the campaign against Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor managed simultaneously to play into the hands of the BDS Movement and the Israeli right? In Part II, Simon is joined by Anshel Pfeffer...


In the West Bank, I saw the death of Zionism

On this two-part episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin talks to Danielle Ziri – Haaretz's New York correspondent – about the Women's March: amid allegations of anti-Semitic sympathies and the newly approved policy of opposing anti-BDS legislation, we ask what place Jewish women can and should have in this sisterly movement. In Part 2, Bradley Burston describes his visit to the West Bank, as part of an upcoming series of articles on Haaretz.com about the future of the two-state...


Why it's so hard for Netanyahu to condemn settler terror

In this week's episode of Haaretz Weekly, Haaretz's Anshel Pfeffer joins host Simon Spungin to discuss a wide range of subjects, from Israel's recently confirmed military activity in Syria to the spate of Jewish terror attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank. Why are outgoing IDF chief Gadi Eizenkot and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suddenly speaking so openly about airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria? What will the U.S. military withdrawal mean for Israel's freedom of...


The Israel-Diaspora Divorce Will Get Even Uglier if Bibi Wins Again

In this week's episode of the Haaretz Weekly podcast, host Simon Spungin is joined by Debra Nussbaum Cohen and Allison Kaplan Sommer for a wide-ranging discussion with a theme: disunity. Whether it's Jewish anti-occupation groups in the United States, opposition parties on both sides of the political divide in Israel or the Women's March, unity is hard to come by. How is Israel's election being played out in America? Are Jewish groups in the U.S. being energized by the influx of fresh...


How the New Right and Old Friends Could Derail Netanyahu's Election Campaign

In this week's episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin talks to Haaretz's Chemi Shalev and Judy Maltz about the biggest issues of the week: the formation of a new right-wing party, which seeks to provide an alternative to the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of the April election and the visit by the prime minister (and his wife and son) to Brazil, where they have been feted by the country's controversial president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro. We also ask: Could Netanyahu's reliance...


Bibi's Snap Election Gambit Could Save Him From Criminal Charges - and a U.S. Peace Plan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called a snap general election for early April – despite apparently having staved off previous threats to the stability of his coalition. In this breaking news edition of Haaretz Weekly, editor-in-chief Aluf Benn speculates on the logic behind the prime minister's timing and says that, by holding an election seven months earlier than expected, Netanyahu has potentially deflected two of the main threats to him winning a fifth term as prime minister:...


BDS isn't anti-Semitic, says Gideon Levy. Listen to our Podcast, while it's still legal

For the past 13 years, Israel has been waging all-our war against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: diplomatic reservists have been drafted in, friends around the world have been rallied and there's even a government minister dedicated to tackling the 'strategic' problem. As part of this war, Israeli leaders brand any non-Israeli who supports BDS as anti-Semitic and Israeli supporters of the movement are called kapos, traitors and worse. But with BDS moving more into the...