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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, hosted by Simon Spungin.

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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, hosted by Simon Spungin.

    Did the Iran assassination blast a hole in the Biden-Netanyahu relationship?

    Did the Iran assassination blast a hole in the Biden-Netanyahu relationship?

    Host Allison Kaplan Sommer is joined by Esther Solomon and Amir Tibon to discuss the aftermath of the dramatic assassination of the 'father of Iran’s military nuclear program,' its effect on the Trump-Biden transition, and the potential consequences of Iranian retaliation. PLUS: Has the liberal media been gaslighted by Trump and his supporters following his election defeat?

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    • 32 min
    Will Trump’s purged Pentagon let Israel attack Iran?

    Will Trump’s purged Pentagon let Israel attack Iran?

    Host Simon Spungin is joined by Amos Harel and Amir Tibon to discuss the flurry of activity – diplomatic and otherwise – surrounding the United States, Israel and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Will defeated U.S. President Donald Trump use his last few weeks in office to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities – or is he too preoccupied with his quixotic battle against the election results? What plans do the newly installed Pentagon officials have for the last two months of the Trump Administration? And will Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seek or be given a green light to attack Iran?

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    • 26 min
    Trump-loving Israelis brace for a Biden bombshell

    Trump-loving Israelis brace for a Biden bombshell

    Host Simon Spungin is joined by Judy Maltz and Chemi Shalev on the day after Joe Biden was confirmed as the 46th president of the United States. The team discusses how Biden’s victory and Trump’s defeat will affect Israeli politics in general and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular. We also ask: Why will all eyes be on Iran during the transition period and the first weeks of the Biden Administration? What will become of the “Deal of the Century” and the Abraham Accords? Who will replace settlement-loving David Friedman as U.S. ambassador? And will Biden make good on his promise to put the fight against antisemitism high on his agenda?

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    • 27 min
    ‘Trump unbound’ is Netanyahu's nightmare

    ‘Trump unbound’ is Netanyahu's nightmare

    Host Simon Spungin is joined by Noa Landau, Aluf Benn and Anshel Pfeffer for a morning-after discussion on the interim results of the U.S. presidential election. Why could a second-term President Trump be a bigger headache for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than a Biden presidency? How should American Jews feel about tens of millions of their compatriots voting for a candidate who courts neo-Nazis? And can center-left candidates ever defeat their populist-nationalist rivals?

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    • 34 min
    Bibi’s tiny payback for Trump’s F-35 diktat

    Bibi’s tiny payback for Trump’s F-35 diktat

    Host Simon Spungin is joined by Chemi Shalev and Amir Tibon to discuss the Israeli and Jewish angles ahead of the U.S. presidential election. Are Israelis right to see Donald Trump as the best friend they’ve ever had in the White House – even if the president’s motives are unclear? Could an ousted Trump use the transition period to push through a series of far-reaching policy decisions vis-à-vis the Middle East? And was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to play along with Trump’s denigration of Democratic candidate Joe Biden the result of the Israeli leader’s displeasure at being forced to sign off on the U.S. sale of F-35 stealth bombers to the United Arab Emirates?

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    • 33 min
    Haredi hijack of ‘Jewish parliament’ foiled – for now

    Haredi hijack of ‘Jewish parliament’ foiled – for now

    Host Simon Spungin is joined by Judy Maltz, who explains the background to last week’s drama at the World Zionist Congress, where a coalition of rightists and ultra-Orthodox delegates tried to seize control of the organization’s main institutions. Plus: We’re joined by Adrian Hennigan, Haaretz’s reviewer-in-chief, to discuss Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Borat movie.

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    • 34 min

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