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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.
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-09-16 02:52
last episode published
2019-09-15 12:30
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15.09.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

A watershed election for Netanyahu – and for Israeli democracy

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Anshel Pfeffer and Chaim D. Levinson for a final discussion ahead of this week's do-over Israeli election. Will Avigdor Lieberman derail Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to form another government? Who will benefit from low vo...
Haaretz author
5.09.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

'In this no-issue election, don't believe a word anyone says.' Listen to Haaretz editor-in-chief

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn, for a wide-ranging discussion on the upcoming Israeli election. We discuss speculation that U.S. President Donald Trump could provide Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a pre-electi...
Haaretz author
1.09.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Which of Netanyahu's wars will win him the election?

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Anshel Pfeffer to discuss events on Israel's northern border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's unbridled attacks on the media and how both those issues fit in with the upcoming election, which is now just two weeks aw...
Haaretz author
27.08.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

How our investigation into lone soldier suicides hit a nerve. Listen to Judy Maltz

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Judy Maltz, to discuss the months-long investigation, written with Yaniv Kubovich, into the thousands of lone soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces and their disproportionately high rate of death by suicide. Who ...
Haaretz author
25.08.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

U.S. Jews have only themselves to blame for Trump's anti-Semitic tropes. Listen to Gideon Levy

Host Simon Spungin is joined by senior Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy, who has harsh words for the American-Jewish establishment, which he accuses of supporting the occupation policies of the Israeli government. Gideon also tells us about his visit to t...
Haaretz author
18.08.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Will Israel pay a price for Bibi's capitulation to Trump?

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz diplomatic correspondent, Noa Landau, to discuss the fallout from Israel's decision not to allow Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to enter the West Bank. Why did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backtr...
Haaretz author
14.07.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Israel's not-so-secret 'disappearance' of Nakba history

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz's Hagar Shezaf, to discuss her recent article detailing Israeli efforts to 'disappear' documented evidence of Israeli war crimes during the 1948 War of Independence – the Palestinian Nakba. Hagar, who interviewed...
Haaretz author
7.07.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Bibi and Trump's Iran dilemma: Wage war or win an election

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz military analyst Amos Harel to discuss the latest developments in the Iranian nuclear crisis: What is the Islamic Republic hoping to achieve, will U.S. President Donald Trump be maneuvered by his hawkish advisors...
Haaretz author
23.06.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

What really happened to South Africa's Jewish community

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz's Judy Maltz and writer Roy Isacowitz to discuss Jewish life in South Africa, where – according to a new seven-part series by Judy – Zionism is a dirty word, Israel is the new apartheid and BDS is on the rise. We...
Haaretz author
16.06.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Iran is a threat, but occupation is also Israel's enemy: Listen to Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken

As Haaretz celebrates the 100th anniversary of its first edition, which was published on June 18, 1919, publisher Amos Schocken joins host Simon Spungin to discuss the newspaper's successes and failures, the state of Israel today and what he considers ...
Haaretz author
10.06.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Israel is the most racist, gay-friendly country on Earth

Host Simon Spungin talks to Ravit Hecht, Avshalom Halutz and Larry Derfner about Pride Week in Israel – just days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed a gay Likudnik as his justice minister. We also discuss allegations of 'pinkwashing' aga...
Haaretz author
2.06.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Shell-shocked Netanyahu snatches do-over election from the jaws of victory

Host Simon Spungin talks to Haaretz's Anshel Pfeffer about the fallout from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to form a new coalition and a second Knesset election in the space of five months. What will happen to the Israeli political map in ...
Haaretz author
27.05.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

By tormenting Bibi, Lieberman could accidentally save Israeli democracy

Six weeks after Benjamin Netanyahu was tasked with forming the next Israeli government, the prime minister is being led a merry dance by Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman, who is refusing to join the coalition unless Netanyahu agrees to pass ...
Haaretz author
12.05.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Parties, protests and sky-high prices as Eurovision rocks into Tel Aviv

As Israel welcomes the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, host Simon Spungin and Haaretz culture correspondent Avi Pitchon meet with ambassadors from two of the 41 countries taking part in the competition: Ambassador Thessalia Salina Shambos of Cyprus and A...
Haaretz author
5.05.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Netanyahu fiddles while Gaza – and Israel's south – burn

Host Simon Spungin and Haaretz columnist Allison Kaplan Sommer discuss the latest escalation between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, which comes on the eve of Ramadan and just days before Israel celebrates Independence Day. And, ...
Haaretz author
28.04.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

From Poway to Palestine, Jewish-Muslim kinship will prevail

Host Simon Spungin is joined by recently retired Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston to discuss the shooting attack at a synagogue in San Diego, an anti-Semitic cartoon in the New York Times International Edition and hopes for a better future in Israel.
Haaretz author
21.04.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

During Passover, Israel takes a pass on religious freedom

As Jews in Israel and across the world celebrate the Passover holiday – also known in Hebrew as the festival of freedom – we discuss the controversial ban on bringing food into public hospitals during the eight-day holiday. Is the government merely pro...
Haaretz author
14.04.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Netanyahu's 'Camgate' tactic is straight out of the Jim Crow playbook

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Noa Landau and author and editor Larry Derfner, to discuss the aftermath of Israel's general election. Will the New Right party squeeze into the Knesset after all - and what will become ...
Haaretz author
10.04.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Netanyahu – the political genius leading Israel into the abyss

Host Simon Spungin is joined by senior Haaretz columnist Bradley Burtson and social media editor Alex Griffing, to discuss the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's Israeli election. With 97 percent of the votes counted, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ap...
Haaretz author
7.04.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Netanyahu's only ideology is staying in power

With just hours to go before voting begins in one of the closest, bitterest and most contentious elections in recent Israeli history, host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn and columnist Anshel Pfeffer. Is there nothing that ...
Haaretz author
25.03.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Netanyahu needs to crush Hamas or his rivals will crush him

Host Simon Spungin talks to senior correspondent Chemi Shalev about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's short trip to the United States, which has been cut short by a rocket attack on a central Israeli moshav: What does the prime minister's hasty retre...
Haaretz author
17.03.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

For every Gaza rocket, Israel commits thousands of crimes. Listen to Amira Hass

Host Simon Spungin talks to Amira Hass, Haaretz's long-serving correspondent in the Occupied Territories, about the cost-of-living protests in the Gaza Strip, the "accidental" rocket fire on Tel Aviv and how Israel's policy of separating the West Bank ...
Haaretz author
10.03.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Netanyahu's fate is in the hands of a pro-marijuana crackpot

Host Simon Spungin talks to Ravit Hecht, Allison Kaplan Sommerand Chaim Levinson about the Central Election Committee's decision to bar left-wing and Arab candidates, while granting a certificate of kashrut to far-right candidates. Plus: Will wild and ...
Haaretz author
3.03.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Netanyahu has lost America. Is Israel next?

Days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the first sitting Israeli prime minister to be served a draft indictment - for fraud, breach of trust and bribery - host Simon Spungin and columnist Bradley Burston discuss his plan for political surv...
Haaretz author
17.02.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Bibi is opening the Knesset door for Kahanist racists

On today's episode of Haaretz Weekly, senior commentator Chemi Shalev and host Simon Spungin discuss the upcoming Israeli election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's gaffe-prone visit to Warsaw and what American Jews and Israelis should learn from Il...
Haaretz author
10.02.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

When Democrats vote against the pro-Israel lobby, Bibi should worry

On this week's episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin talks to Washington correspondent Amir Tibon about the anti-BDS law which was passed last week by the U.S. Congress and to diplomatic correspondent Noa Landau about the upcoming Israeli elect...
Haaretz author
3.02.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Why a Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights org faces an Israeli ban?

In the first section of this two-part episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin talks to Yonatan Gher, director of Amnesty International Israel, about his organization's new campaign targeting online booking companies for "driving settlement expans...
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20.01.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

In the West Bank, I saw the death of Zionism

On this two-part episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin talks to Danielle Ziri – Haaretz's New York correspondent – about the Women's March: amid allegations of anti-Semitic sympathies and the newly approved policy of opposing anti-BDS legislati...
Haaretz author
13.01.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Why it's so hard for Netanyahu to condemn settler terror

In this week's episode of Haaretz Weekly, Haaretz's Anshel Pfeffer joins host Simon Spungin to discuss a wide range of subjects, from Israel's recently confirmed military activity in Syria to the spate of Jewish terror attacks against Palestinians in t...
Haaretz author
6.01.2019 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

The Israel-Diaspora Divorce Will Get Even Uglier if Bibi Wins Again

In this week's episode of the Haaretz Weekly podcast, host Simon Spungin is joined by Debra Nussbaum Cohen and Allison Kaplan Sommer for a wide-ranging discussion with a theme: disunity. Whether it's Jewish anti-occupation groups in the United States, ...
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30.12.2018 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

How the New Right and Old Friends Could Derail Netanyahu's Election Campaign

In this week's episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin talks to Haaretz's Chemi Shalev and Judy Maltz about the biggest issues of the week: the formation of a new right-wing party, which seeks to provide an alternative to the leadership of Benjam...
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24.12.2018 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Bibi's Snap Election Gambit Could Save Him From Criminal Charges - and a U.S. Peace Plan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called a snap general election for early April – despite apparently having staved off previous threats to the stability of his coalition. In this breaking news edition of Haaretz Weekly, editor-in-chief Aluf Benn s...
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16.12.2018 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

BDS isn't anti-Semitic, says Gideon Levy. Listen to our Podcast, while it's still legal

For the past 13 years, Israel has been waging all-our war against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: diplomatic reservists have been drafted in, friends around the world have been rallied and there's even a government minister dedicated to...
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9.12.2018 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Israeli women unite to battle violence – and a government that doesn't care

Last week, thousands of Israeli women held a nationwide day of protest against the inaction of the Israeli government and of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the face of rising violence against women. Since the start of this year, 24 girls and wome...
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4.12.2018 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

BREAKING: Does Israel's Tunnel Op Mean War With Hezbollah?

In this breaking news episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz's military correspondent, Amos Harel, to discuss the timing and ramifications of the IDF's operation against Hezbollah tunnels under the Lebanon-Israel border. Fol...
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2.12.2018 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Netanyahu talks the talk, but does he really care about anti-Semitism?

In this week's episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin talks to Haaretz columnists Bradley Burston and Dina Kraft about Israel's diplomatic offensive to cozy up with some of the most repressive regimes in the world. Can Prime Minister Benjamin Ne...
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25.11.2018 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Are Trump and Netanyahu on collision course – despite their harmony over Saudi Arabia?

In this week's episode of Haaretz Weekly, Simon Spungin hosts Haaretz senior columnist and U.S. Editor Chemi Shalev and Haaretz.com's opinions editor Esther Solomon to discuss U.S. President Donald Trump's so-called "deal of the century," Airbnb's deci...
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18.11.2018 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

From the Brink of War to the Brink of Elections

Part I: Host Simon Spungin talks to Noa Landau and Anshel Pfeffer about the political crisis gripping Israel: Will the prime minister's right-wing coalition partners force him into an early election? Will Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to expand the Gaza...
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4.11.2018 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

After Pittsburgh, will American Jews punish Trump in the Midterms?

On this week's edition of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin talks to Dina Kraft about the Midterm elections in the United States, billed by many as a referendum on President Donald Trump. We discuss the massive mobilization effort by Jewish organizati...
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29.10.2018 https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/178d72a7-a889-4132-8008-a5cc014ed109/657a1089-0ee7-4ce3-b865-a81c00a24738/9b6dfdaa-679f-47ee-9c79-a98801014723/image.jpg?t=1541581819&size=Large

Is the United States still safe for Jews – and what should Israel do about it?

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Anshel Pfeffer and Dina Kraft to discuss reactions – in Israel and the United States – to the heinous murder of 11 Jewish Americans in a Pittsburgh synagogue: Is the United States still safe for Jews; why are American Je...
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