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The Jerusalem Post Frontlines Podcast brings you behind-the-scenes interviews with JPost's top reporters, editors and columnists, as well as special interviews with Israeli experts and politicians to offer insight, commentary and opinion on the biggest stories in Israel.

The Jerusalem Post Frontlines Podcast brings you behind-the-scenes interviews with JPost's top reporters, editors and columnists, as well as special interviews with Israeli experts and politicians to offer insight, commentary and opinion on the biggest stories in Israel.
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The Jerusalem Post Frontlines Podcast brings you behind-the-scenes interviews with JPost's top reporters, editors and columnists, as well as special interviews with Israeli experts and politicians to offer insight, commentary and opinion on the biggest stories in Israel.




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...


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...


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...


Biden mediating ‘high-stakes game of chicken’ between Obama, Netanyahu

This week, The Veep himself, US Vice President Joe Biden, was in Israel part of a regional trip that includes meetings in the UAE, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories. Against the backdrop of the shaky personal relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, Biden sought to make headway on a slew of issues such as regional cooperation, enforcing the Iran deal, the battle against ISIS, the fate of the two-state solution and, of course, renewing the...


The Spark-up Nation

Israel has developed a reputation around the world as the Start-up Nation, a place where innovation flourishes. But when people talk about Israel’s high-tech, they often overlook that fact that it is quickly becoming a leader in a different kind of “high” tech: Cannabis. The JPost Podcast looks at the latest in the industry.


Briefing: Biden, the Oscars and the collapse of the PA

US Vice President Joe Biden will arrive in Israel Tuesday for a two-day visit. Biden will discuss, among other things, the status of a new Memorandum of Understanding spelling out Washington’s security aid to Israel. The current MoU, which expires in 2018, provided some $30 billion worth of military aid, and the final figure for the new MoU is expected to be considerably higher, reportedly near $50 billion. Biden is also expected to discuss how to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities in...


Why Iran’s election could (eventually) be a big deal

Last week, Iranians went to the polls, and reportedly elected moderates to represent them in their parliament, the Majlis. But in Iran, nothing is quite as it seems. Moderates may not really be moderates, and bodies such as the Majlis have only limited power. The real power lies with the Supreme Leader. Yet despite the impediments, there’s one reason that the election may end up having an important effect later down the line. Dr. Emily Landau, head of the Arms Control and Regional Security...


Weekly Briefing - February 28, 2016

On Wednesday, 30-year-old reserve Captain Eliav Gelman was killed by friendly fire in the midst of a stabbing terror attack at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank. The terrorist, who was also shot by Israeli security forces, survived and remained in moderate condition. Palestinian sources identified the assailant as Mamdouh Tousef Amru, a math teacher from the Hebron area. The same day, two Arab food vendors working outside the Old City’s Herod’s Gate were arrested by police after a...


Taxicab diplomacy: ‘Soon, we’re going to be the majority’

In today’s episode, we return to Taxicab Diplomacy, the segment in which we talk politics with Israeli cab drivers. Our driver, Oren, is an ultra-Orthodox Jew, and has strong opinions about why the state’s Jewish institutions should adhere to the strictest interpretations. He is also confident that someday, Israel’s democracy will come to adhere more strictly to those rules. Why? Demographics. Today Haredim make up around 10% of the population. By 2059, they’re expected to be over 25%,...


Weekly Briefing - February 21, 2016

Introducing the weekly briefing on the JPost Podcast. Each week, the briefing will provide a quick overview of the big stories in Israel to keep you up to date. This past week, Ehud Olmert became the first former Israeli Prime Minister to go to jail. He was convicted on bribery charges in three different cases. One involved issuing permits for the Holyland development in Jerusalem when he was Mayor. Another involved receiving large quantities of cash in envelopes from New York businessman...


Who runs the world? Israeli women in tech

The high-tech world has a gender problem. Only 2% of companies listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange have female directors, and just 6% have female CEOs. Israeli women aren’t taking it lying down. At Google’s Campus for Moms, a pre-accelerator for would-be entrepreneurs who recently gave birth, women do course work, refine their business models, learn about fundraising, and sharpen their pitches. The JPost Podcast delves into the problems facing women in tech, and talks about the...


Only in Israel! A Prime Minister Goes to Prison

Ehud Olmert has the dubious honor of becoming Israel’s first Prime Minister to go to prison. Olmert, who was convicted on corruption charges and still has some appeals pending, began a sentence that will last at least 18 months on Monday. In a return of our “Only in Israel” segment, legal affairs correspondent Yonah Jeremy Bob gives us the ins and outs of the case, including a lowdown of the special wing of the prison Olmert will stay in.


The Two-state Solution on Life Support

For years, politicians around the world have been warning that the window for achieving a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians was closing, and action was needed. On the right, politicians such as Naftali Bennett have long said the prospects of a two-state solution were finished. Even Thomas Friedman wrote in his most recent New York Times Column that “The peace process is dead” and it was time to “Let the one-state era begin.” This week, Isaac Herzog, the leader of...


How Israel would vote in the New Hampshire primary

Primary season is in full swing in the United States, and Israelis are watching with bated breath as the process to select the next President unfolds. Israelis sees US politics as tremendously important to their own political well-being. The US is Israel’s biggest, strongest, and most important alley. Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Knesset Reporter Lahav Harkov tells us which candidates are getting Israel’s attention, and which who the right, in particular, is hoping will win. We also discuss...


Behind the scenes of Israel’s 2016 Super Bowl ad

The world will be watching Sunday as the Denver Broncos face off with the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, California in Super Bowl 50. But the Super Bowl isn’t just about football. It’s also about the halftime show, the national anthem, and, of course, the commercials, where Israel has been making its mark on the event since 2013. Ahead of Sunday’s big game, the JPost Podcast looks back at Israel’s role in the Super Bowl and goes behind the scenes of this year’s super bowl ad from...


The Western Wall plan and the end of the haredi monopoly

On Sunday in a major victory for the religious activist group Women of the Wall, Israel’s government approved a historic plan to create a pluralistic prayer area at the Western Wall, and enshrined into law a role for non-ultra-Orthodox in governing the area. Rabbi Susan Silverman, an executive board member of Women of the Wall and most recently, the author of the book Casting Lots, discusses the struggle for the heart of religion in Israel, and what it means for the state’s relationship...


Taxicab Diplomacy: Obama vs. Trump

The JPost Frontlines Podcast is pleased to present its newest segment: Taxicab Diplomacy. Anyone who’s ever taken a cab in Israel knows that the drivers have all the solutions to the country’s ills and woes, or at least have strong opinions they’re not shy about sharing. In Taxicab Diplomacy, the Post offers you, our listeners, a special insight into what the great taxi-driving minds of Israel think about the big issues. Since the Iowa caucuses are just a few days away, we asked this...


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