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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 Amir Tibon.

    Israel heads to elections, with its democracy on the line

    Israel heads to elections, with its democracy on the line

    For the fifth time since 2019, Israel will hold an election as the country's political crisis grows ever worse, with no end in sight. Why did Prime Minister Naftali Bennett decide to shock the political scene by blowing up his own government? What kind of leader will his interim successor, Yair Lapid, be? And is it too soon to discuss a comeback by Benjamin Netanyahu?

    Our team in the studio – Amir Tibon, Anshel Pfeffer and Allison Kaplan Sommer – answer all your most pressing questions on the political drama.

    Later on this episode, an in-depth interview with former Israeli national security adviser Uzi Arad, on his years working next to Netanyahu, the books he used to buy for the former prime minister in London's best bookstores, and what Joe Biden whispered in his ear outside the Oval Office. Arad, today a sharp critic of his former boss Netanyahu, also has some harsh words for the government that replaced him.

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    • 47 min
    A Frightening View of Steve Bannon’s World: Listen to Jennifer Senior

    A Frightening View of Steve Bannon’s World: Listen to Jennifer Senior

    Trump adviser Steve Bannon has refused to testify to the congressional January 6 committee about his role in the Capitol insurrection. But he agreed to speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jennifer Senior – though when confronted he didn’t tell her the truth.

    “He was definitely working the phones all day. And he was lying to me about it,” Senior tells Haaretz Weekly podcast host Allison Kaplan Sommer, discussing her recent profile of Bannon in The Atlantic.

    Senior also talks about how the U.S. alt-right movement has fanned the flames of antisemitism, and how Bannon dealt with being profiled by a Jewish woman.

    “He knew early on that I was Jewish and was therefore extremely awkward, almost clumsy, and trying to bring up how much he loved the Jews,” she says. “It was almost like that movie scene where Austin Powers sees a person with a mole and keeps accidentally saying the word ‘mole’ out loud. Like he was staring at me and thinking, ‘Jew, Jew.’“

     

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    • 35 min
    Israel's political crisis is far from over – and getting worse

    Israel's political crisis is far from over – and getting worse

    Haaretz Weekend host Allison Kaplan Sommer and Haaretz English Deputy Editor Amir Tibon review the turbulent Israeli political scene after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s embattled governing coalition failed to pass a contentious West Bank bill this week – and ask if this could be the death knell for the anti-Netanyahu "change government."

    Later on the show, Prof. Joshua Shanes joins the podcast to discuss changes in ultra-Orthodoxy – a community that will soon represent a fifth of all U.S. Jews, their affinity for Donald Trump and his camp, and the activism that emerged during the pandemic. 

    Shanes, who directs the Arnold Center for Israel Studies at the College of Charleston, also talks about the antisemitism panel he attended during a recent visit to Jerusalem. He was “shocked and scared” to hear former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer – a confidant of Benjamin Netanyahu – use “violent language” that sounded “straight out of Kahane.”

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    • 35 min
    AIPAC Wants to Defeat this Jewish Democrat. He's fighting back

    AIPAC Wants to Defeat this Jewish Democrat. He's fighting back

    Rep. Andy Levin, a progressive Democrat from Michigan, is facing a tough primary race against fellow lawmaker Haley Stevens, as the two politicians battle in a newly redrawn Congressional district in the Detroit area. Their election has become the latest front in the political war between AIPAC, which is supporting Stevens, and J Street, which has endorsed Levin.

    Joining host Allison Kaplan Sommer on this episode, Levin responds to what he calls “sad and pathetic” personal attacks from a former AIPAC president who called him “arguably the most corrosive member of Congress to the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

    He explains his views on the subject by stating: “I love Israel. I'm a supporter of Israel and always have been, I voted for all our aid to Israel. I'm against the BDS movement. I voted to replenish Iron Dome. To use the kind of language that they're using against me, just because I won't tow AIPAC’s exact line is wrong, and it's not going to work.”

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    • 38 min
    Biden wanted to isolate the Saudis. Now he has to kiss the ring

    Biden wanted to isolate the Saudis. Now he has to kiss the ring

    U.S. President Joe Biden visited Asia this week, where he made headlines by promising to defend Taiwan in case of a Chinese attack on the island. At home, his administration has been struggling with rising inflation ahead of this year's midterm elections. So why, in the face of multiple internal and international crises, is the president soon planning a visit to Israel and potentially also Saudi Arabia?

    On this week's episode, we asked leading U.S. foreign policy expert Aaron David Miller what Biden will try to achieve during the trip – from a diplomatic breakthrough between Israel and Saudi Arabia, to improved ties with the region's major oil producers. Miller also told host Amir Tibon why America's greatest global challenge today is actually coming from within. 

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    'Putin's own paranoia will bring NATO to his doorstep'

    'Putin's own paranoia will bring NATO to his doorstep'

    Ending a decades-long policy of neutrality, Sweden and Finland have decided to join NATO in response to Vladimir Putin's botched invasion of Ukraine. On this episode of Haaretz Weekend, our correspondent in Stockholm, David Stavrou, explains why this decision is an earthquake for the two Scandinavian countries, and veteran national security analyst Amir Oren discusses the global implications it will have, ranging from Washington and Moscow to Israel and the Middle East. They also tell host Amir Tibon how Putin could punish the two countries in the interim period until they are accepted to NATO, and what it would take to remove Turkish President Erdogan's opposition to their application. 

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Leonickx ,

Great-ish

Great window into Israel politics and society by Haaretz’s smart, articulate and well-informed writers.

I like their liberal left of center standpoint but comes at cost of a perspective on Israel’s long rightward lurch.

mannequindentist ,

Love

It

Dr. Zion ,

Failure of journalistic standards

The Podcast episode featuring Susan Glasser was an amazing failure of journalistic integrity. The interviewers raise serious and disturbing questions regarding Israel‘s response to the Ukraine War but failed to seriously address the geo-political realities that Israel faces on its northern border with Russian troops and weapons stationed in Syria potentially threatening the safety of its citizens. They weaseled out of serious discussion by referring to a previous podcast. This was a disgraceful failure by allowing valid questions to remain unanswered.
They took on the Republican party policy towards Israel but utterly failed to address the Democratic Party leftward migration and the role of progressive politics. Their favorite straw man, Netanyahu, is singularly responsible for the Democratic party’s shift away from it’s historic support of Israel, but not a mention of Obama’s UN vote betraying Israel days before his term ended. Similarly, not a mention of anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic voices within the Democratic party and the inability of democrat controlled Congress to muster a clear statement opposing anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism within their party.
Hoping to hear more balanced and professional journalism in the future.

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