Archive for the 'israeli politics' Category

In a completely unexpected announcement, Israel and the United Arab Emirates made peace. The development between the eternally warring neighbors is especially surprising because they are not neighbors and have never really been at war with one another. Also, is it really a peace deal or is it a deal to cancel annexation? Just for now? Gil and Rutger discuss.

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Fauda is a hit Israeli television series about an Israeli undercover unit fighting Palestinian terrorism. It has been picked up by Netflix and turned into an international success, with season 4 being in the works. Abed El Rahman Natour is the Arabic translator for the show, taking the parts of the scripts that need to be translated into Arabic, either for the Arab-speaking characters, or the Jewish characters working undercover as Palestinians.

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The Israeli elections of January 2020 were heading towards a victory for acting prime minister Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu, who needs 61 seats in parliament to avoid standing trial for corruption. As of the time of this taping, he has 59 seats and has fallen short. Sadly, his rivals have proven themselves incapable of mounting a serious charge and make their case to the public. At the same time, the Jewish left has been decimated while the Join Arab List has gotten a record number of seats. Actor and former activist Yonatan Miller joins Gil Kidron to make sense of it all.

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U.S. President Donald Trump triumphantly announced his so-called Deal of the Century for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clapping alongside him. But what is actually in the deal? What's not there? How does it correlate to reality? Who wins? Who lost? Why is the Israeli government rejecting its own deal? Gil Kidron and Rutger Vos breakdown the reality behind the political theater.

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As the Democratic primaries in the United States kick off, we break down the candidates positions on Israel and the Palestinians: who is repeating talking points? Who is pandering? Who is taking it seriously? Who can really affect change? Political activist and data expert Benjy Cook, himself an Israeli-American, joins Gil Kidron to unpack the empty rhetoric, provide context, parcel the different coalitions and try to lay out what will things look like in the Middle East if this or that candidate becomes president.

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The Expanse might be set in the 2300s, but it is written by 21st-century people and inspired in many ways from history and current political contexts. In this episode patron Omri Goldshtrom, history buff, joins Gil Kidron to find the very many similarities between The Expanse, the path towards the independent Belter nation and the histories of the United States and Israel. We will get into the founding of these immigrant nations vs the immigrant Belter nation, refugees, terrorism and more. 

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After long years of on-and-off investigations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted for corruption charges - including bribery. His upcoming trial changes the political situation in Israel after 10 years of solid reign for King Bibi, which increasingly now seem like they will soon be in the past. Therapist Noga Ariel Galor is joining Gil Kidron on the podcast to break down Bibi's deteriorating mental state and how it endangers the fabric of a society that is very diverse to begin with.

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For the second time in 2019 - Israelis are headed to the polls, but these elections are unlike any previous elections, because if current prime minister Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu gets his way - he'll be able to form a ruling coalition with the most racist, vile and violent parts of Israeli society in a coordinated effort to avoid standing trial on corruption charges, while dismantling what is left of Israel's democratic identity, replacing it with a strongman state, backed by factions who seek violence and apartheid. There are several better scenarios too - Gil elaborates on some of them in this shortened version and on all of them in the complete podcast, exclusively for patrons on https://www.patreon.com/posts/29981054

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In this podcast, Gil Kidron breaks down the political theater that is Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and moving its embassy there. To watch the video on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/posts/15774304

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