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Donald Trump and the Jews

In this episode of the JPost Podcast, we talk to the Washington Bureau Chief Michael Wilner about his investigative report on Donald Trump and the Jews. In his article, Wilner sought to resolve the competing narratives of Trump as a Semitophile, whose daughter converted to Judaism and bore him Jewish grandchildren, and Trump as a bigot, who tolerates or even emboldens anti-Semitic voices. Wilner snagged some interesting interviews, including Trump supporter David Duke, a former KKK...


Why Starbucks failed in Israel, and only in Israel

It’s an odd point of pride, perhaps, but Israelis take a strange satisfaction in the fact that their country is the only one where Starbucks, the international coffee giant, failed. On social media, when the factoid is raised as part of a clever tourism marketing campaign or even an effort to tempt the company to try its luck in the Holy Land a second time,the reactions are fairly universal. 'We don’t want you here,' people seem to say. 'We make better coffee on our own.' While the fact of...


Taxicab Diplomacy: Trump vs. Clinton

After a brutal primary season, the general election is infull swing in the United States. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, of course,emerged as their party’s nominees. Duringthe nominating conventions in July, protesters of various stripes chanted “TheWorld Is Watching.” And it is! Here in Israel, developments in the US electioncampaign often lead the news. So what do Israelis have to say about it? On this episode of the JPost Podcast, we bring you anotheredition of Taxicab Diplomacy,...


After Turkey, Africa and Egypt, is Saudi Arabia Israel’s next ally?

Today, in a surprise visit, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry came to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It’s the first such meeting since 2007, and it comes on the heels of a flurry of Israeli diplomatic activity. Two weeks ago, Israel and Turkey restored full diplomatic ties after a six-year lull in relations. Last week, Netanyahu flew to Africa for a diplomatic tour, the first such visit by an Israeli Prime Minister in a quarter century. With all these changes,...


From Tel Aviv, a story of hope for Orlando

This week’s shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando Florida, the worst mass shooting in US history and the deadliest terror attack there since 9/11, was first and foremost a human tragedy. 49 people were murdered, and 53 wounded. There is much to think and say about the various facets of the shooting, but today, on the JPost Podcast, we’re going to focus on one through the lens of an Israeli story: the status of the LGBT community, how much progress has been made, and how much remains...


Briefing: King Bibi pulls it together, again

This week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put an end to a coalition crisis, finding a path to install Avigdor Liberman as his new defense chief. Though the outlines of a deal with Liberman were already in place, Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett threatened to boycott the deal and potentially flee the coalition unless Netanyahu offered him concessions on security-related matters. Bennett had wanted Netanyahu to install a military secretary, who would regularly brief the security...


The mystery of Tel Aviv’s Jane Doe alleys

Off the crowded, boisterous sidewalks of Tel Aviv’s King George Street lie two, small dead-end alleyways with the most cryptic names: Almonit and Plonit. Almoni in Hebrew means anonymous, and the phrases Ploni Almoni and Plonit Almonit are the equivalent of John and Jane Doe, an unknown person. On today’s episode of the JPost Podcast, we’re back with “A Road by Any Other Name,” the segment where we delve into the strange and interesting stories behind Israel’s street names. The story...


Breifing: Liberman, Trump and fascism

This week, in a dramatic turnaround, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck a coalition deal with Yisrael Beytenu, giving its leader Avigdor Liberman the defense portfolio. The serving defense minister, Moshe Ya’alon, resigned even before the deal was finalized, and said he was taking a break from politics altogether, despite Netanyahu offering him the foreign ministry. In his resignation speech, Ya’alon, a former stalwart Netanyahu ally warned of “manifestations of extremism, violence...


A stable government? Fat chance

This week has seen a political whirlwind in Israel, with a shakeup in the cabinet and the widening of the governing coalition. After on-and-off negotiations with the Zionist Union and its leader Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Benjamin did an about face and made a deal with Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party to join the government, offering Liberman the position of Defense Minister, and ousting Moshe Ya’alon. The new deal will expand the collation to 67 seats, up from the razor-thin...


Briefing: Eurovision and Europe’s vision for peace

Israel celebrated its 68th birthday this week. Independence day followed the annual Remembrance Day, in which Israelis memorialized the 23,477 people who have fallen in the country's wars and terror attacks. Speaking at a Remembrance day event, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "We will not give up our hope to achieve peace with our enemies- But first we will achieve peace with ourselves." The subject of peace came up several other time throughout the week. *** French Foreign...


Understanding UK anti-Semitism on Yom Hashoa

As Jews stop to memorialize the Holocaust on Yom Hashoa this year, many are concerned with the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe and the UK. In Europe, the last few years have seen a series of horrible attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions, from a shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France to an attack on Belgium’s Jewish Museum. More recently, media attention has turned to the UK, where the campaign for mayoral and council elections taking place today has drudged up some ugly...


Briefing: The Democratic showdown on Israel

This past week, Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in their final debate before Tuesday’s New York primary. Sanders called himself "100 percent pro-Israel," but also argued that Israel used disproportionate force against the Palestinians, and added that "There comes a time if we are going to pursue justice and peace that we are going to have to say that Netanyahu is not right all of the time." Clinton responded: "Nobody is...


Is Bibi the worst option except all the rest?

Winston Churchill famously said that democracy was the worst form of government except all the others. Among Israelis, there seems to be a similar sentiment toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He’s seen as a survivor, someone who puts his political well-being above all else. Time Magazine famously dubbed him King Bibi. In this segment of Taxicab Diplomacy—where we talk politics with Israel’s most insightful political commentators, its cab drivers—the JPost Podcast explores how...


Briefing: Bernie Sanders, Monica Lewinsky, and an uneventful cyber attack

This past week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated an invitation to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to conduct talks in Jerusalem, saying he would clear his schedule for such a meeting. The remarks came four days after Abbas said in a Channel 2 interview that he was awaiting such an invitation. President Reuven Rivlin also responded to Abbas’ comments with an offer to meet the Palestinian leader in order to promote negotiations between the sides. Thus far there have...


In Trump Vodka’s strange, Israeli afterlife, a kashrut scandal

Over the years, Donald Trump has made an industry of licensing his name to a variety of products, products over which he had no control. Basically, Trump would find a company that already made something and, for a fee or cut of the profits, slap his name on the package. One of those products, Trump Vodka, went out of circulation in 2011 in the US. But the product has had a strange afterlife in Israel. A deal with a local importer, H. Pixel, led to the manufacture and distribution of Trump...


Briefing: Corruption, manslaughter, and a hug from Roseanne

This past week, the high court of justice struck down a portion Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial plan on regulating natural gas. Specifically, it objected to a stability clause that promised gas companies no changes in government policy for a decade. Netanyahu will have a year to find a new arrangement that satisfies both the drilling companies and the court. The gas policy has been through a government roller-coaster ride, leading to the resignation of the last anti-trust...


Are closer Israel-China ties an attempt to subvert BDS?

This week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing the opening of free trade talks with China, a huge deal for Israel economically and politically. China, of course, is the world’s most populous country, the second largest economy, and a growing giant. But a lot of people don’t quite understand its role in global trade and politics, and certainly not its relationship with Israel. Sam Chester, an expert on Israel-China relations who is currently working in the commercial drone industry...


Briefing: Nazi Twitter bots, IDF morality, and a secret rescue

This past week, ISIS Terrorists killed 31 people in a shocking, triple attack in Brussels. Belgium’s Jewish community joined the chorus of critics decrying incompetence in the country’s counter-terror apparatus. The community came under attack in May, 2014 in a terrorist shoot-up of the Brussels Jewish museum that killed four, Some Israeli politicians made controversial remarks calling Belgian authorities to task after the attack, which was linked to the Paris shootings in November....


Did AIPAC tame the Donald?

If Donald Trump has proved anything this year, it’s that the usual rules of electoral politics don’t apply to him. His uncanny ability to say outrageous things, only to be rewarded at the Republican primary polls, has embarrassed purveyors of conventional political wisdom. But this week, something unusual happened. For some reason, Trump felt compelled to play by the rules—for the most part—when he addressed one organization: The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. On today’s...


Briefing: Nuclear sabotage, and Jews against Trump

This past week, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan passed away. Dagan headed the Mossad from 2002 until 2010. He was best-known for alleged clandestine operations to thwart Iran's nuclear weapons program. The Mossad under his leadership was also said to have provided the intelligence that led to Israel bombing Syria’s nuclear reactor in 2007 and the assassination of Hezbollah’s Imad Mughniyeh in 2008. In his later years, Dagan became a critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he had...