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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 foll…
 
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 b…
 
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 t…
 
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 co…
 
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 s…
 
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…
 
Haaretz’s veteran intelligence and strategic affairs analyst Yossi Melman joins host Simon Spungin to discuss Israel’s continued sale of weapons and ammunition to Azerbaijan, which is engaged in a bloody conflict with Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region in of the South Caucasus. Amid shifting and cynical regional alliances, how has Israel foun…
 
Host Simon Spungin, Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Noa Landau and senior correspondent Anshel Pfeffer discuss the latest exit plan for Israel’s ongoing coronavirus lockdown, the false equivalency between the ban on protests and the closure of synagogues and yeshivas, the chances that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will call an election any tim…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined in the studio by Alex Griffing and remotely by Amos Harel and Chemi Shalev. In Part 1, the team discusses Israel’s ongoing national lockdown, which critics have described as political and intended to stifle protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In Part 2, we take on President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Chaim Levinson and Anshel Pfeffer to discuss the impact of Yom Kippur on Israel’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The team discuss the likely spike in cases after many ultra-Orthodox synagogues were open for prayers on the Judaism’s holiest day – despite a strict ban on gatherings in closed spaces. We also a…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn and senior correspondent Anshel Pfeffer for a post-Rosh Hashanah, mid-lockdown episode. On the agenda: How did Israel became the first country to impose a second coronavirus lockdown? Is Naftali Bennett the leader to extricate the country from the pandemic quagmire? Will competence –…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Judy Maltz and Omer Benjakob to discuss the most infuriating stories of the week, including the arrival of dozens of evangelical American Christians who were allowed into the country – despite a strict travel ban – in order work as volunteer grape harvesters on Jewish settlements in the West Bank. We also discuss an …
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz’s Anshel Pfeffer to discuss Israel’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, the political considerations behind a possible Rosh Hashanah lockdown and the latest moves toward normalizing relations between Israel and the Arab and Muslim world. We also ask: Does Naftali Bennett have the courage and support to …
 
Senior Haaretz columnist Chemi Shalev is in the studio with host Simon Spungin this week, to discuss the Israel-UAE normalization deal, U.S. President Donald Trump’s desire to turn the agreement into arms deals and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hopes and aspirations for the coming months. We also discuss the absent Palestinians, the death of …
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz’s military analyst and coronavirus correspondent, Amos Harel, for a wide-ranging discussion. We start off in Gaza, where tensions are rising between Israel and Hamas, then move on to the normalization deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, before wrapping things up with COVID-19, popular protests a…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Noa Landau and Anshel Pfeffer to discuss the deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates over the normalization of relations between the two countries – in exchange for suspending plans to annex parts of the West Bank. We ask: Who are the winners and losers in a deal that will ha…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Amir Tibon, who served as Haaretz correspondent in Washington, D.C. for most of Donald Trump’s (first) term as U.S. president. We discuss the upcoming election in the United States, the possibility of another election in Israel and how both countries allowed opportunism to derail the best chance for an Israeli-Palest…
 
Days before the release of Seth Rogen’s latest movie – which he says is his most Jewish to date – the comedic actor sat down for a set-the-record straight Zoom conversation with Haaretz’s Allison Kaplan Sommer, after his controversial comments on Israel. You’ve read the article and you’ve seen the video – now listen to whole interview, exclusively …
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz’s Allison Kaplan Sommer to discuss Seth Rogen’s assertion he was lied to about Israel, a country which, he says, “makes no sense” to him. We ask: How representative is the Canadian-American actor and comedian of Jews of his generation? Has anything changed since the internet made exactly the information Rogen…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz’s Jerusalem correspondent, Nir Hasson, and Judy Maltz, to discuss the widespread, angry protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a rare show of youth activism, the protests are being spearheaded by Israeli youngsters, who are angry at the prime minister’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by diplomatic correspondent Noa Landau and senior correspondent Chemi Shalev to discuss mass protests against the Israeli government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strategy ahead of the November 3 U.S. presidential election. We also discuss reactions to the rejection of th…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Anshel Pfeffer, five days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's self-declared target date of July 1 for imposition of Israeli sovereignty over 30 percent of the West Bank passed like so much tumbleweed. We examine the real reasons why the prime minister has shelved his plan, why he fears a Biden presidency and ho…
 
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 I…
 
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 notori…
 
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…
 
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