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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.




A watershed election for Netanyahu – and for Israeli democracy

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Anshel Pfeffer and Chaim D. Levinson for a final discussion ahead of this week's do-over Israeli election. Will Avigdor Lieberman derail Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to form another government? Who will benefit from low voter turnout? And will President Donald Trump's vague promise of a Mutual Defense Treaty sway any floating voters?


'In this no-issue election, don't believe a word anyone says.' Listen to Haaretz editor-in-chief

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn, for a wide-ranging discussion on the upcoming Israeli election. We discuss speculation that U.S. President Donald Trump could provide Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a pre-election diplomatic gift, whether Ayman Odeh can galvanize Arab voters and whether Haaretz has the resources to fact-check everything said by politicians in the run-up to September 17.


Which of Netanyahu's wars will win him the election?

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Anshel Pfeffer to discuss events on Israel's northern border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's unbridled attacks on the media and how both those issues fit in with the upcoming election, which is now just two weeks away.


How our investigation into lone soldier suicides hit a nerve. Listen to Judy Maltz

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Judy Maltz, to discuss the months-long investigation, written with Yaniv Kubovich, into the thousands of lone soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces and their disproportionately high rate of death by suicide. Who is supposed to be looking after these young volunteers, are they being used for fundraising purposes and will anything change as a result of this exposé?


U.S. Jews have only themselves to blame for Trump's anti-Semitic tropes. Listen to Gideon Levy

Host Simon Spungin is joined by senior Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy, who has harsh words for the American-Jewish establishment, which he accuses of supporting the occupation policies of the Israeli government. Gideon also tells us about his visit to the ancestral home of U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Talib, who, along with Ilhan Omar, was banned from entering Israel last week over their support of the boycott movement.


Will Israel pay a price for Bibi's capitulation to Trump?

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz diplomatic correspondent, Noa Landau, to discuss the fallout from Israel's decision not to allow Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to enter the West Bank. Why did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backtrack, how will Democrats react and what impact will the decision have on the 'holies of holies' – bipartisan support for Israel in the United States?


Israel's not-so-secret 'disappearance' of Nakba history

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz's Hagar Shezaf, to discuss her recent article detailing Israeli efforts to 'disappear' documented evidence of Israeli war crimes during the 1948 War of Independence – the Palestinian Nakba. Hagar, who interviewed archivists, historians and defense officials, tells us about the reporting that went into the story, reactions to it (including an editorial in Haaretz) and why it matters. Click here to read the original article.


Bibi and Trump's Iran dilemma: Wage war or win an election

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz military analyst Amos Harel to discuss the latest developments in the Iranian nuclear crisis: What is the Islamic Republic hoping to achieve, will U.S. President Donald Trump be maneuvered by his hawkish advisors into war with Tehran and what does all this mean for Israel? Also: Why is the United States getting increasingly and publically vexed by Israel's close ties with China?


What really happened to South Africa's Jewish community

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz's Judy Maltz and writer Roy Isacowitz to discuss Jewish life in South Africa, where – according to a new seven-part series by Judy – Zionism is a dirty word, Israel is the new apartheid and BDS is on the rise. We cover the rapid and dramatic decline in the number of Jews calling the Rainbow Nation home, the impact of the BDS movement on their lives and the historical impact of Israel's support for the Apartheid regime. Follow Haaretz Weekly on...


Iran is a threat, but occupation is also Israel's enemy: Listen to Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken

As Haaretz celebrates the 100th anniversary of its first edition, which was published on June 18, 1919, publisher Amos Schocken joins host Simon Spungin to discuss the newspaper's successes and failures, the state of Israel today and what he considers the main threats to the future of the Jewish state. We also discuss the place of media outlets in modern democracies, the key role that Israel's Arab citizens must play in running and defining the country, and the positive message that can be...


Israel is the most racist, gay-friendly country on Earth

Host Simon Spungin talks to Ravit Hecht, Avshalom Halutz and Larry Derfner about Pride Week in Israel – just days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed a gay Likudnik as his justice minister. We also discuss allegations of 'pinkwashing' against Israel, government foot-dragging on legislation to grant LGBT parents equal rights and the undercurrent of anti-gay sentiment among a small but powerful ultra-Orthodox minority. Follow Haaretz Weekly on iTunes, Spotify and Google...


Shell-shocked Netanyahu snatches do-over election from the jaws of victory

Host Simon Spungin talks to Haaretz's Anshel Pfeffer about the fallout from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to form a new coalition and a second Knesset election in the space of five months. What will happen to the Israeli political map in the 100 or so days before Israelis vote on September 17? Will Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett make a comeback? Will left-wing parties merge to form a viable alternative? And will the Blue and White party break the mold and become a long-term...


By tormenting Bibi, Lieberman could accidentally save Israeli democracy

Six weeks after Benjamin Netanyahu was tasked with forming the next Israeli government, the prime minister is being led a merry dance by Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman, who is refusing to join the coalition unless Netanyahu agrees to pass a law ending the draft exemption for yeshiva students. Joining host Simon Spungin the studio this week is senior Haaretz columnist Chemi Shalev, who says that it would be deliciously ironic if Lieberman, whose acrimonious relationship with...


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...