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Can Netanyahu form a coalition? with Jeff Becker

Can Netanyahu form a coalition? with Jeff Becker

April 13, 2021

The 24th Knesset began its work after the MK’s swore oath, on April 6. Prior, President Reuven Rivlin on Monday gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the first crack at forming a government but noted that he was doing so reluctantly, both because no party leader appeared to have enough support to succeed at cobbling together a ruling coalition and because he had “moral and ethical” reservations given that Netanyahu is on trial for corruption.

Netanyahu will now have 28 days to try to muster a coalition that can win majority support in the Knesset, but, given that he only has the backing of 52 out of 120 lawmakers, it will be a challenge.

Netanyahu was endorsed by his Likud party, with 30 seats, Shas, with 9; United Torah Judaism, 7; and Religious Zionism, 6.

Lapid was recommended as prime minister by 45 lawmakers (Yesh Atid 17, Blue and White 8, Yisrael Beytenu 7, Labor 7, Meretz 6), and Naftali Bennett by the seven members of his own Yamina party.

The three parties that made no recommendation account for the final 16 Knesset seats (New Hope 6, Joint List 6, and Ra’am 4).

Along with my friend Jeff Becker we will discuss what to expect in the upcoming days.

The Conductor. The story of Isaiah ‘Si’ Kenen

The Conductor. The story of Isaiah ‘Si’ Kenen

March 29, 2021

He wasn’t the most connected, and he wasn’t the most famous, but his commitment was the greatest - Isaiah Si Kenen was a passionate Zionist who changed the relationship and America’s commitment to the establishment to Israel.

Along with my friend Kobby Barda, who researched AIPAC and learned it’s history we will dive and discuss this person, who made an impact and it’s ongoing influence today.

Kobby Barda is a Ph.D. candidate at Haifa University and the author of “AIPAC’s Grassroots Path to Congress''.

If you wish to read Kobby’s research about Isaiah Kenen, President Eisenhower, and Aid to Israel During the Suez Crisis press the link - https://www.cambridge.org/engage/coe/article-details/5f6900135c1dab00193d210a

To purchase Kobby’s book AIPAC’s Grassroots Path to Congress: How Isaiah Kenen Built AIPAC to Be A Powerhouse use this link - https://www.amazon.com/AIPACs-Grassroots-Path-Congress-Powerhouse/dp/9659278853

Post-Election Special with Jeff Becker

Post-Election Special with Jeff Becker

March 24, 2021

The people of Israel spoke again.  But when will we know what they said? And whether what they said aligns with what they wanted? 

Along with my friend Jeff Becker, we will dive a little to give you the best perspective on who won, when we will have the final results, and what we should expect.

Join us for a temporary Aftermath, before we actually know the final count of votes, analyzing the winners and losers, and guessing what will happen.  

 

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The decline of the Israeli left and will the Ultra-Orthodox hurt Netanyahu with Jeff Becker
Israelis’ Distrust in State Institutions Is Turning Into an Existential Threat with Nadan Feldman

Israelis’ Distrust in State Institutions Is Turning Into an Existential Threat with Nadan Feldman

March 7, 2021

A year has passed since Covid-19 hit the world. Israel, relatively, was one of the states hurt the most, at least in the OECD. Even though it has one of the best medical services in the world, Israel has one of the highest rates of deaths per capita (with more than 5,569 people died up until February 21st). Is it the lack of strategy, rapid and random decision making, and changing restrictions, that made Israelis less and less tolerant to governmental guidelines, or is it the Political mess, lack of leadership, and the distrust in Prime Minister Netanyahu himself and his cabinet? One thing is sure - After 3 quarantines with poor results restraining the Virus, Israeli’s are less obedient and it seems that the political mess hurt the public’s trust.

Nadan Feldman is a Haaretz correspondent on Global Economy, a Ph.D. candidate in history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and he is here with me today to discuss this matter.

 

Haaretz subscribers can read Nadan’s article here.

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The Reform movement in Israel - with Rabbi Noa Sattath & Rabbi Josh Weinberg

The Reform movement in Israel - with Rabbi Noa Sattath & Rabbi Josh Weinberg

March 1, 2021

The ultra-Orthodox Rabbinical institutions control almost every aspect of life in Israel and narrow all other denominations' actions. Over the years there are voices who challenge the Ultra-Orthodox and the Israeli politicians in this area. The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the social justice arm of the Reform Movement in Israel is one of the strongest voices working to gain equality, religious freedom, and Pluralism.

Along with my guests - Rabbi Noa Sattath, director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Vice President of United Reform Judaism (URJ) for Israel and Reform Zionism & Executive Director of ARZA; we will review how things look like in Israel

 

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The Runner-Ups  - Who are the main players in the legislative elections for the 24th Knesset with Nili Richman

The Runner-Ups  - Who are the main players in the legislative elections for the 24th Knesset with Nili Richman

February 22, 2021

The official starting pistol fired its shot at 10 PM on February 4th, 2021, when the Likud Party’s list was submitted to the Central Election Committee.

39 parties in total submitted and will contest in the upcoming election with 14 main players with actual chances of being elected.  And today I’m joined by a dear friend - Nili Reichman, CEO & Founder of Humanizing - Public Identity Branding.

Nili is an experienced consultant in the fields of communication strategies, specializes in political campaigns and crisis management. In the past, she worked closely with both PM Netanyahu, Leader of New Hope Giedeon Sa’ar and chairman of Yesh Atid party MK Yair Lapid.

 

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Episode 27 - The puppeteer (Or how Netanyahu orchestrated the split in the Arab Joint List and to minimize the potential votes lose within Israeli Ultra Right)

Episode 27 - The puppeteer (Or how Netanyahu orchestrated the split in the Arab Joint List and to minimize the potential votes lose within Israeli Ultra Right)

February 14, 2021

39 parties registered for the upcoming legislative elections in Israel. 2 interesting stories lay on the edges - The split in the Arab parties, between Mansour Abas and RAAM party from the Joint List &  what happened between Yamina & the Ultra right Jewish parties, with a last-minute merger between Betzalel Smotrich’s “religious Zionism Alliance & Kahana’s successor Itamar Ben-Gvir’s Otazma Yehudit who earlier that week merged with NOAM, the Anti-LGBTQ religious party, leaving Hagit Moshe & the Jewish Home out of the game.

 

Along with my friend Jeff Becker, we will dive into what happened behind the scenes.

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Episode 26 - How can we strengthen the Bond with American Jewry with Shira Ruderman

Episode 26 - How can we strengthen the Bond with American Jewry with Shira Ruderman

February 3, 2021

In the past couple of years, there was great tension between the Israeli government and Israelis with many of our brothers in the US. A lot was shed over the Kotel compromise and the Conversion Law along with the close relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Donald Trump has brought tension to new heights.

But, under the carpet, and tremendous efforts are being made in Israel to strengthen the bond. Along with my guest today I will discuss where do we, Israelis, stand in our relationship with our American brothers and sisters, what we did wrong, and what is being done today from the Israeli side of the equation in order to narrow the growing gaps and make a shift in Israeli approach and policies in order to find a w path in order to bring a new horizon to the Israeli-American Jewry relations.

Shira Ruderman is a professional philanthropist and social activist. She serves as the Executive Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation, a private family foundation that invests in three primary areas of focus: strengthening the relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community.

You are welcome to follow the Ruderman Foundation work using the following links - 

 

The Ruderman Family Foundation- Israel American Jewish Community Relations Facebook page

 

Shira Ruderman's Facebook page

 

The Ruderman Family Foundation website

 

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Why is Israel under a 3rd lockdown With Jeff Becker

Why is Israel under a 3rd lockdown With Jeff Becker

January 28, 2021

On December 27th Israel entered its 3rd lockdown after failing to contain CoVid-19. The number rose high even though more than 2.4  million people already received the 1st shot. In the past week, the government decided to extend the lockdown for 2 more weeks and may extend it again.

Some critics said the lockdown was due to PM Netanyahu’s trials. The hearing, dated January 8th was postponed and the opposition says that is the main reason for the lockdown timing.

BUT, another reason for this lockdown is Netanyahu’s coalition allies. Looking at the numbers show that the “Hardeim” are leading with the number of active cases with almost 40% of the total population.

The police are hardly enforcing the rules among the Ultra-Orthodox communities and bringing tension to new heights. Why is that happening and how come none of the politicians say a word? 

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