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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.

    Bibi’s bonanza, arresting activists and the death of God TV

    Bibi’s bonanza, arresting activists and the death of God TV

    Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn and correspondent Judy Maltz. In Part One, Aluf discusses the 'crime minister' protests against Benjamin Netanyahu, the optics of the PM's million-shekel tax refund, the arrest of a decorated Air Force commander, and why Bibi isn't to blame for the spike in new coronavirus cases in Israel. In Part Two, Judy comments on an unprecedented decision to take a proselytizing evangelical television channel off the air, the chaotic state of Nefesh B'Nefesh and how Israel is still importing coronavirus cases.

    • 28 min
    Bibi eyes 'Annexation Lite' as pandemic panic returns

    Bibi eyes 'Annexation Lite' as pandemic panic returns

    Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz's military/pandemic correspondent, Amos Harel, and Haaretz.com's opinions editor, Esther Solomon. The team discuss the increase in coronavirus cases here in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley and why Jewish publications shouldn't interview notorious antisemites. We also discuss Israel's new ambassador to the United Kingdom, an 'unabashed Islamophobe,' who denies the existence of the Palestinian people.

    • 32 min
    How Bibi could fudge annexation, hoodwink Gantz and cling on to power

    How Bibi could fudge annexation, hoodwink Gantz and cling on to power

    Host Simon Spungin talks to Haaretz's political correspondent, Chaim Levinson, and diplomatic correspondent, Noa Landau, about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's amorphous annexation plan. Could the threat of international sanctions and cancelled cooperation persuade Netanyahu to shelve a plan that many don’t believe he believes in anyway? Will he tread water for long enough to call another general election? And what role will his corruption trial and November's U.S. presidential election play in his considerations?

    • 23 min
    Annexation vexation comes between Bibi and the settlers

    Annexation vexation comes between Bibi and the settlers

    Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz's West Bank correspondent, Hagar Shezaf, and Anshel Pfeffer, to discuss the latest developments in Israel's plan to annex large parts of the West Bank. We ask: If no one seems to want the full-scale annexation of the settlements - not the Israeli left, the divided Israeli right, the international community and, of course, the Palestinians themselves - why does it seem set to happen with a matter of weeks? Plus: police brutality at an anti-annexation rally in Tel Aviv; settler violence in the West Bank and growing international pressure on Netanyahu to shelve the plan for now.

    • 36 min
    High priests, holy smoke and cannabis in the Temple

    High priests, holy smoke and cannabis in the Temple

    Host Simon Spungin, Haaretz’s archaeology correspondent, Ariel David, and senior science editor Ruth Schuster, discuss the revelation that ancient Israelites burned cannabis during religious ceremonies. We also discuss the challenges and opportunities facing archaeologists working in Israel and Palestine and hear about an Israeli company marketing a bizarre product to evangelical Christians: locust-based snacks.

    • 27 min
    Bibi’s slash-and-burn strategy puts Israel on trial

    Bibi’s slash-and-burn strategy puts Israel on trial

    Host Simon Spungin is joined by senior Haaretz columnist Chemi Shalev on the day that Benjamin Netanyahu became the first serving Israeli prime minister to go on trial. Is his tactic of attacking the judicial system causing irreparable damage to the country he professes to love? And, reporting from outside the Jerusalem courthouse, Anshel Pfeffer calls in to describe the scene and to explain what will unfold in the weeks ahead.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

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Simon rocks!

His accent is wonderful!
But his commentary is better!

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Wonderful Insights

As a liberal American non-Jew I am happy to find a sane voice for Israel. Bibi and Trump will eventually leave office. I hope that our beloved countries will survive their insanity.

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