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In this week's episode, we hear from two of Israel's top COVID experts about vaccines, the new omicron variant and medications against the virus. Our guest in the studio, Dr. Oren Kobiler of Tel Aviv University, explains how the new variant arrived, and says that while we should take it seriously, there is "no need to panic." We ask him if vaccines…
 
In this week's episode, we hear from two of Israel's top COVID experts about vaccines, the new omicron variant and medications against the virus. Our guest in the studio, Dr. Oren Kobiler of Tel Aviv University, explains how the new variant arrived, and says that while we should take it seriously, there is "no need to panic." We ask him if vaccines…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Alan Leveritt, the publisher and owner of the Arkansas Times, who finds himself inadvertently on the frontlines of the battle against Israeli-sponsored legislation against the BDS movement. PLUS: Gideon Levy on his dinner with Benjamin Netanyahu and the furious responses it provoked among the Israeli left. See omnyst…
 
A famous ultra-Orthodox author of children's books, Chaim Walder, was accused by multiple women of sexual abuse. Their disturbing accounts, first reported in Haaretz, are creating shock waves in Haredi communities, from Jerusalem to Brooklyn. Senior analyst Anshel Pfeffer joins the podcast to discuss the story, starting at time code 11:00. Earlier …
 
Ahead of the Israeli National Security Conference which is being hosted by the Nazarian Center for Israel studies at UCLA – in partnership with Haaretz – Prof. Dov Waxman joins host Simon Spungin to look ahead at the gathering and to discuss some of the issues that will be coming up: the shadow war with Iran and the Iranian nuclear threat; Israel, …
 
In this week's episode, we hear from an evangelical Christian and Israeli citizen, Joel Rosenberg, on his unusual meetings with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, the king of Jordan and president of Egypt, all documented in a new book he just published. Why did these Arab leaders invite him to their palaces, and how can Joe Biden get a big diplomati…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by human rights lawyer and LGBTQ+ activist Eitay Mack for a deep dive into the Israeli gay community’s #metoo moment, conversion therapy and the price the LGBTQ+ community in Israel is paying for its alliance with companies that sell technology used to repress gays elsewhere. Support groups: The Aguda - The Association …
 
Violence broke out again last week at the Western Wall, as female activists gathered to pray at the holy Jewish site and were met with an ultra-Orthodox mob. Why is the battle over women's prayer there making headlines in Israel again, and how is it related to the ultra-Orthodox parties being out of power for the first time in a decade? Jewish Worl…
 
Prof. Michel Wieviorka, from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris, and France 24 journalist, Shirli Sitbon join host Simon Spungin to discuss the rise and rise of Éric Zemmour – the leading noncandidate who is already disrupting next year’s French presidential election with his hashtag provocations, his anti-immigrant rhe…
 
In this week's episode, guest Danny Citrinowicz, a leading Israeli expert on Iran, talks about the expected renewal of nuclear negotiations between Tehran and world powers. He warns that for the Biden administration there is only one realistic option on the table – and Israel will have to adjust to it, even if it doesn't want to. Later in the show,…
 
Within the space of a few days, Turkey announced that it had arrested a supposed spy ring operated by Israel's Mossad, and informed the ambassadors of the U.S., France and Germany that they should expect a deportation order from Ankara. What is all the noise about? We discuss the latest developments with Louis Fishman, an expert on Turkish politics…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Stockholm-based journalist David Stavrou to discuss the International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism hosted by the Swedish city of Malmo; and by Judy Maltz, to discuss the multi-candidate race to become the next chair of the Jewish Agency. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information…
 
In this week's episode, we discuss intriguing findings from the Pandora Papers leak regarding Israel – from offshore companies in tax havens that finance settlement purchases, to the business empire of Israel's richest politician. Uri Blau, a member of the investigative journalistic consortium that uncovered the documents, joins host Amir Tibon for…
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Anshel Pfeffer and Uzi Dann to discuss the Saudi Arabian takeover of a English Premier League football team, whether or not to attend the World Cup in Qatar next year and why Israeli soccer stadia are still bastions of racism and xenophobia. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy discusses Israel's strategy toward Iran and warns that Jerusalem's relationship with China could come at a heavy price. Halevy, who was appointed to lead the Mossad during Benjamin Netanyahu's first term as prime minister, accuses his ex-boss of pushing Tehran closer to obtaining a nuclear bomb. Listen to his full …
 
Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz correspondent Ofer Aderet and Gideon Taylor, the head of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, to discuss the crisis between Israel and Poland over a new law that prevents Holocaust survivors from regaining property seized after World War II. PLUS: Adrian Hennigan discusses “Jewface” in Hollywood and on …
 
On this week's episode, we dive into the fascinating phenomenon of Afrikaners who were born and raised as Christians in South Africa, yet decided to become Jews and make aliyah to Israel. Judy Maltz and host Amir Tibon present their voices and stories. In addition, former lawmaker Stav Shaffir, the chairwoman of Israel's Green Party, talks about he…
 
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