Host Simon Spungin is joined by senior Haaretz correspondents Chemi Shalev and Anshel Pfeffer for a phone-in discussion of the two great crises facing Israel: the global coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented constitutional crisis.
In part one, Chemi explains how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the COVID-19 crisis has been influenced by his political and legal entanglements and why his behavior since his indictment has been his greatest sin against the State of Israel.
– Haaretz Weekly Ep. 71: Bibi’s shameful, sinful ‘corona coup’ suffers massive setback
Haaretz Weekly Ep. 71: Bibi’s shameful, sinful ‘corona coup’ suffers massive setback
On the political front, Anshel explains why the resignation of Knesset Speaker Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein is a major blow for Netanyahu but why he could yet emerge victorious. Can he somehow emerge from all this as a national hero. Meanwhile, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz might not be able to take advantage of Netanyahu's setback.
Plus: Why Americans should be wary of President Trump, given his penchant for copying from Netanyahu's playbook and why this Passover will be different from all other Passovers.
Recommended related reading:
Netanyahu’s Extortion-by-coronavirus Is by Far His Most Shameful and Least Forgivable Offense / Chemi Shalev
For Communities – Jewish or Otherwise – Coronavirus Proves a Reckoning and an Opportunity / Anshel Pfeffer
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