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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.

    Iran’s bizarre but worrying espionage campaign against Israel

    Iran’s bizarre but worrying espionage campaign against Israel

    When news broke that four middle-aged women in Israel had been recruited by an Iranian intelligence agent on social media and dispatched on a series of bizarre missions, many Israeli commentators found the story amusing. 

    Haaretz intelligence and security analyst Yossi Melman tells podcast host Allison Kaplan Sommer why he believes the episode is no joking matter.

    Additionally, he delves into the ongoing controversy over why Princeton University continues to employ Seyed Mousavian, a propagandist for the Iranian regime who gleefully smirked when discussing death threats against a U.S. State Department official. He also asks why top Israeli intelligence officials haven’t been able to keep their mouths shut lately, being so eager to brag about their exploits.  

    Also in this episode: Palestinian-Israeli activist Sally Abed explains how tree planting by the Jewish National Fund ignited Bedouin protests in the Negev and why Bedouin youth are so angry. The incident nearly brought down the Israeli government after United Arab List leader Mahmoud Abbas, a key member of the Bennett-Lapid coalition, refused to vote the party line until the forestation stopped. 

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    • 28 min
    He predicted Obama's big wins. Now he warns of a Trump comeback

    He predicted Obama's big wins. Now he warns of a Trump comeback

    Days after America marked one year to the January 6 attack on Congress and the attempt to subvert American democracy, author and political analyst John Judis joins the podcast to offer a disturbing view of these events and their place in U.S. history. Judis, famous for predicting an "emerging Democratic majority" ahead of Obama's rise to power, now warns of a possible Trump comeback. Listen to his full conversation with host Amir Tibon starting at time code 13:35.

    Also on this episode: Israel's COVID infection rate broke all-time records this week as the omicron variant washed over the country. We discuss this evolving situation with Prof. Diane Levin from Clalit, Israel's largest health care provider.

     

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    • 36 min
    One clear morning, Israel strikes Iran. This is what happens next

    One clear morning, Israel strikes Iran. This is what happens next

    Can Israel conduct a military strike to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program? What will it take for the country’s leadership to reach such a decision? And what are the chances that the ensuing conflict with Tehran will include the United States? Former Israeli deputy national security adviser, Chuck Freilich, joins the podcast to discuss his recent article on the subject, and explains why a military strike is doable but should remain Israel’s absolute last resort. 

    Also on this week’s episode, we discuss the recent escalation in Gaza: over the weekend, two rockets were launched from the coastal enclave toward Tel Aviv; Israel blamed Hamas for the incident and hit targets in Gaza, while Hamas claimed it was an accident caused by stormy weather.

    Dr. Shira Efron of the RAND Corporation and Israel Policy Forum joins host Amir Tibon to discuss the economic and humanitarian situation in Gaza, and its impacts on regional security. 

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    • 41 min
    The year Israel got rid of Netanyahu, and other top stories

    The year Israel got rid of Netanyahu, and other top stories

    In Israeli history, 2021 will be remembered as the end of an era. After 12 years, Benjamin Netanyahu lost power – something many Israelis found unimaginable.

    But this big development was only one event in a tempestuous year. There were multiple waves of COVID-19 , a vaccine campaign and a world-leading push for a booster shot. U.S. President Joe Biden entered the White House with a very different attitude toward Iran than his predecessor.

    In May, Israel experienced a traumatic 11 days that sent Israelis to the bomb shelters and upended the relationship between the country's Arabs and Jews. This was followed by a major unexpected development: Mansour Abbas, the head of the United Arab List party, joined the new post-Netanyahu government and became a key player.

    Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn and senior national security analyst Amos Harel join host Allison Kaplan Sommer on the podעcast to analyze the most dramatic stories of the year – and speculate on what’s in store for 2022, from COVID to the stability of Naftali Bennett's government. 

    Plus, Haaretz reporters share their favorite stories of the year - from Capitol Hill to the ruins of ancient Yavneh, and also, Israel's worst falafel. 

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    • 46 min
    Israel shut its doors again, and U.S. Jews are getting angry

    Israel shut its doors again, and U.S. Jews are getting angry

    William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Organizations, joins the podcast to talk about what it means for Diaspora Jews to be barred from Israel for nearly two years. He sits down with host Allison Kaplan Sommer on the day Israel officially declared the United States a “red” country in its ongoing battle against COVID and the omicron variant, barring travel between the two countries. Later in the episode, Haaretz Opinion Editor Esther Solomon explains why it is imperative that Jews and Israel speak out over growing incitement against Muslims in Bosnia by the Serbs.

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    • 35 min
    What’s missing from Netflix’s cowardly collection of ‘Palestinian Stories’

    What’s missing from Netflix’s cowardly collection of ‘Palestinian Stories’

    Journalist, activist, poet and Haaretz’s new Europe correspondent, Rajaa Natour, tells host Simon Spungin why Netflix’s collection of “Palestinian Stories” is not a watershed moment for Palestinian cinema or the Palestinian struggle, but a cowardly attempt to cash in on the never-ending narrative of victimhood.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

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Good content poor sound

Though the topics and commentary is excellent, the producers need to improve the sound quality which ranges from mediocre to unintelligible.

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Biased

Why is this called news, it’s almost all opinion pieces. Simon literally just asked someone he was interviewing is there any way to blame Netanyahu for what happened. Another interview stated the good news is that Netanyahu is out. He can feel how he wants about politics, but don’t pretend to be giving news.

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