Israel Policy Pod

Israel Policy Pod

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October 27, 2020 61 min

Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich, who served as Israel's envoy in the United States during Yitzhak Rabin's second premiership, joins a special Israel Policy Forum briefing reflecting on the late prime minister's legacy 25 years after his assassination.

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Host Evan Gottesman speaks with Hugh Lovatt, a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations Middle East and North Africa program, about the main issues shaping EU policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including assistance to the Palestinians and Israeli demolitions of EU-funded structures, as well as how the outcome of the American presidential election could impact the European position toward Israel and the Pa...

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October 20, 2020 60 min

Washington Institute Adjunct Fellow and Israeli journalist Neri Zilber breaks down the latest political developments in Israel, from coronavirus lockdowns, to anti-Netanyahu protests, and the rise of Naftali Bennett.

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October 15, 2020 43 min

Evan Gottesman and Shanie Reichman discuss the lessons for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that can be gleaned from the Nagorno Karabakh dispute, as well as Israel's relationship with Azerbaijan and Armenia.

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Allison Kaplan Sommer (Haaretz), Jacob Kornbluh (Jewish Insider), and Tabby Refael (30 Years After) discuss the impact of the 2020 U.S. presidential election on the Israel-Diaspora relationship.

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October 8, 2020 31 min

Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss how Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the coronavirus crisis has created new political problems for the prime minister, including the resurgence of Naftali Bennett.

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Host Shanie Reichman speaks with former diplomat Nadav Tamir of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation about the future of U.S.-Israel relations and how a future Biden administration could impact them. 

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September 30, 2020 48 min

Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, a public opinion expert who has worked on political campaigns in Israel and the Balkans, joins host Evan Gottesman to parse spin from substance on the implications of mutual recognition between Israel and Kosovo and the Israel-related elements of the recent Serbia-Kosovo economic normalization deal.

Click here to read Dahlia's article in Foreign Policy comparing the leadership styles of Israeli Prime Minis...

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Kan News Palestinian Affairs Correspondent Gal Berger shares a retrospective on the significance of the Second Intifada on the twentieth anniversary of its start.

Watch translated clips from Gal Berger's documentary on the Second Intifada here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CperavZ-a_Y&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZyH4VfyI_o

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September 22, 2020 56 min

Steven A. Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations joins Israel Policy Forum's weekly briefing to explain how the recent normalization agreements between Israel and Bahrain and Israel and the United Arab Emirates are being received throughout the Middle East.

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With the text of the Abraham Accords publicly released, hosts Evan Gottesman and Shanie Reichman trade skeptical and optimistic takes on the long-term ramifications of Israel's normalization agreements with the UAE and Bahrain.

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This episode features a recording of our briefing providing three different perspectives on Israel-Bahrain and Israel-UAE normalization with Yoel Guzansky (INSS), Daoud Kuttab (Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse, Arab News), and Dana Stroul (Washington Institute).

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September 9, 2020 35 min

Trouble is brewing in the Eastern Mediterranean as Turkey and Greece clash over natural gas, and other regional actors, from Israel, to Egypt, and even the United Arab Emirates, could get drawn in. Mitvim Institute Director of External Relations Gabi Mitchell joins host Evan Gottesman to discuss the current crisis, how it intersects with other conflicts in the Mediterranean region and the Middle East, what the risks are, and how te...

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September 8, 2020 52 min

This episode of Israel Policy Pod features a recording of our latest briefing with Dr. Shira Efron, providing an overview of the coronavirus situation in the Gaza Strip, recent hostilities between Palestinian militant groups and Israel, and Qatar's involvement in the area.

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September 3, 2020 24 min

Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss a potential internal challenge to the centrist Yesh Atid party's founder and longtime leader Yair Lapid.

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The latest episode of Israel Policy Pod features a recording of our latest briefing on challenges to Israel-UAE relations, featuring Israel Fellow Dr. Nimrod Novik.

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Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn, author of City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement, joins host Evan Gottesman to discuss the response of pro-annexation Israeli politicians and settlement officials to Israel-UAE normalization, the split between the organized West Bank settlement leadership and their constituents, and how recent developments play into the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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August 19, 2020 59 min

Journalist and policy researcher Ksenia Svetlova speaks with hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz about Israel-UAE normalization and its impacts for annexation, the Palestinian national cause, Israeli politics, and US-Israel relations.

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Israel Policy Forum's Shira Efron and Michael Koplow speak with host Evan Gottesman about recent historic developments in Israel-UAE relations.

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August 12, 2020 61 min

Former Shin Bet Director Ami Ayalon joins host Evan Gottesman for a discussion on Israel's past and future and Ayalon's forthcoming book, Friendly Fire, touching on the turning points in his outlook on the Palestinians, security coordination with the PA, a new national narrative for Israel, and why he supports Breaking the Silence and empathizes with the settlement movement.

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