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From Netflix smash hits to Lord Balfour, from Mossad to smoked salmon, from peace with Palestinians to pop music and from startup to standup, Jonny challenges the most interesting guests and gets their story.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8, 25 Ratings

From Netflix smash hits to Lord Balfour, from Mossad to smoked salmon, from peace with Palestinians to pop music and from startup to standup, Jonny challenges the most interesting guests and gets their story.

    40: Nick Timothy, one-nation Conservative solidarity

    40: Nick Timothy, one-nation Conservative solidarity

    Today’s guest is Theresa May's former joint chief of staff, Nick Timothy.

    Nick formulated and wrote policy in the Home Office before ascending to the corridors of Number Ten.

    But he didn't see out Mrs. May's premiership, taking the hit with Fiona Hill for her disastrous performance in the 2017 General Election, an experience he calls "both brutal and chastening".

    But his career resumed as both a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and author of "Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism", in which he outlines a restoration of civic capitalism as the way to bring a bruised and divided country together.

    We also talk about the problems of globalisation, the West’s future relations with China which he's long warned about, lessons learned for both major parties from the 2019 General Election and he hits back at an allegation of antisemitism from the left-wing magazine, The New Statesman.

    A Brummie like me, Nick cites another son of Birmingham, the 19th Century’s Joseph Chamberlain as his political hero.

    Many will recall he wore a bushy beard during his time running Mrs. May’s administration; a style of grooming by which the tabloids dubbed him, “Brummie Rasputin”!

    LISTEN NOW to Nick Timothy.

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    • 49 min
    39: Deal of the Century: Jason Greenblatt, the heart of the deal

    39: Deal of the Century: Jason Greenblatt, the heart of the deal

    Jason Greenblatt is the co-architect of the Trump Peace Plan for the Middle East.

    In January 2017, he was appointed Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations.

    With presidential advisor and President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner and US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, they drafted “Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People”.

    Officially he’s left his role as one of President Trump’s chief Middle East peacemakers. But in practice, it’s quite another matter.

    “It's like that line from the Eagles' song, 'you can checkout anytime you like, but you can never leave'", says today’s prestigious guest.

    He admits to still being very much involved despite leaving the White House in September 2019.

    The following February, Jason joined the board of Our Crowd, a crowdfunding investment platform aimed at projects in the Middle East but says he's in regular contact with diplomats, politicians and contacts built up during his years in Washington.

    It's a wonderful interview in which we unpack the hopes and challenges of bringing an elusive peace to Israel and the Palestinians and he doesn't shy away from the difficult obstacles. He's realistic in his outlook.

    Jason is a first-generation American. His parents only arrived in the US in 1941 and 1956 as penniless Jewish immigrants of both Nazism and Communism and he marvels at the opportunities his country has given him.

    LISTEN to Jason Greenblatt

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    • 56 min
    38: Red Sea Spies: Brothers, Mossad's Humanitarians and Ethiopia’s Jews. Raffi Berg and "Dani"

    38: Red Sea Spies: Brothers, Mossad's Humanitarians and Ethiopia’s Jews. Raffi Berg and "Dani"

    How many acts of heroism never come to public attention because of the modesty of the heroes themselves?

    This is a first-ever audio interview in English with one such man. His name is "Dani', the Mossad commander in charge of “Operation Brothers” for five drama-filled years from 1978.

    Without doubt, it’s one of Israel's finest hours; a Mossad mission to emancipate thousands of Ethiopian Jews from the dangers of revolution and persecution.

    But this is also about partnership and brotherhood. Mossad would never have achieved this lethally dangerous, giant humanitarian mission without the equal determination of the Ethiopian Jews themselves, to realise a generational longing to return to Israel, the land of their forefathers.

    "Dani" only agreed to this interview on condition that his full identity wouldn't be revealed. And while he's partially emerged out of the shadows, I'm told many of his Mossad colleagues remain completely anonymous.

    “Operation Brothers” was a mission to spirit thousands of Ethiopian Jews out of their remote highland villages to walk hundreds of miles to the hell of a Sudanese refugee camp, whereupon they would begin a perilous exodus to Israel.

    Some Jews were given passports and papers and flown out of Khartoum Airport, a difficult and dangerous process in itself.

    But thousands of others were transported hundreds more miles to the Sudanese coast under cover of a plan-sight Red Sea diving resort which Dani and his Mossad agents ran as a genuine hotel while conducting their covert operations.

    10% didn’t make it, dying on the exhausting journey.

    Mossad is famous for spying missions and counterespionage - but this was nothing to do with that. This was a world first for such an organisation: it was purely humanitarian, 700 kilometres behind enemy lines in Sudan which was extremely hostile to Israel at the time.

    Dani's Mossad command of this covert mission is faithfully chronicled in a brilliant book by Raffi Berg called "Red Sea Spies".

    I am truly grateful to Raffi for organising the interview and truly honoured to talk to Dani.

    This episode is dedicated to Kasei and Kidan Cohen.

    Buy Raffi's book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Sea-Spies-Mossads-Diving/dp/1785786008

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Israel Briefing 1: Finally a government, Iran’s non-withdrawal from Syria, Pompeo’s China warning

    Israel Briefing 1: Finally a government, Iran’s non-withdrawal from Syria, Pompeo’s China warning

    As Jonny Gould’s Jewish State grows, so does the challenge to deliver relevant content to a bigger audience.

    I have now expanded into news coverage as Israel gets a first government in 18 months after three exhausting elections.

    This is “Israel Briefing”, the first in a new series on Jonny Gould’s Jewish State, as James Marlow becomes our Israel correspondent.

    On Israel's 72nd anniversary, Binyamin Netanyahu leads yet another government as PM, the Trump Administration urges him to scale down business with China, while reports of Iran’s withdrawal from Syria appear to have been somewhat overstated.

    James also reveals the brinkmanship behind forming the next government, an enlarged 36 ministries as splintering parties seek cabinet responsibility but the merger of the UN and US Ambassador roles.

    If you like what you hear today, please share generously on Facebook, Twitter and email.

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    • 27 min
    37: Fauda Netflix: Itzik Cohen and Lior Raz, Israeli drama popular in surprising places

    37: Fauda Netflix: Itzik Cohen and Lior Raz, Israeli drama popular in surprising places

    Israel is fast emerging as a hub for international TV drama. Netflix is syndicating a host of Israeli hit shows across 192 countries. It was unthinkable even five years ago that the Startup Nation would add cultural ‘soft power’ to its already established high-tech rollcall of global successes.

    Fauda was thought just to be of interest to an Israeli audience. Originally only in Hebrew and Arabic, it's the story of the IDF's special units who go deep behind enemy lines to combat terror and rescue hostages.

    Among the mainstays of all three series is co-creator and lead, Lior Raz who plays Doron Kabbilio (and other undercover aliases) and his Shin Bet commander, Itzik Cohen, the long suffering Captain Gabi Ayub.

    I caught up with Itzik, locked down in Tel Aviv, who explained with great passion the role of the actor in such a realistic show.

    Lior Raz comes courtesy of Roger Bennett of Men In Blazers. Thanks and Courage, Roger.

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    • 43 min
    36: Unorthodox Netflix: Deborah Feldman, the Real Esty

    36: Unorthodox Netflix: Deborah Feldman, the Real Esty

    Unorthdox on Netflix has become the must-watch drama everyone seems to relate to. It’s a highly moving portrayal in English, German - and Yiddish.

    It’s about a pregnant teenager fleeing her ultra-orthodox Jewish community in New York for a new and uncharted life in Berlin.

    The series heroine, Esty Shapiro, played by Shira Haas (pictured with Deborah) is fictitious - but the story mostly isn't. It's a version of the life of Deborah Feldman, who now lives in the German capital having grown up in Brooklyn in a Satmar community.

    Deborah's book chronicles her own exodus from Williamsburg and I tracked her down to her Berlin home, which was easier than normal during lockdown!

    It's an intense interview covering many topics, including the role of women in orthodox communities, how the current Jewish generation deal with the trauma of the Holocaust, the future of Zionism and just how many Chasidim(religious Jews) have taken Esty and Deborah's route out. It’s “thousands and now it’s become a movement”, says Deborah.

    LISTEN to this powerful, thought-provoking interview with the real Esty Shapiro, Deborah Feldman.

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