Israel Policy Pod

Israel Policy Pod

A weekly podcast going beyond the headlines, bringing you the latest details and analysis from Israel and the region.... Show More

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July 19, 2019 21 min

With the deadline for final party registration fast approaching in Israel, hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz check in with developments from Labor, Meretz, and the Arab parties. 

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July 10, 2019 30 min

From tunnels under Silwan to arguments on Twitter, ancient history is in the news in Israel. Host Evan Gottesman speaks with Yonathan Mizrahi, founder and executive director of Emek Shaveh, an Israeli NGO working to stop the politicization of archaeology in Israel and the West Bank.

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June 28, 2019 46 min

In this week’s episode host Eli Kowaz talks to ALLMEP Executive Director Joel Braunold about the Trump administration’s workshop in Bahrain, and discusses Israeli elections with Policy Director Michael Koplow.

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June 21, 2019 43 min

What's new in Israeli politics this week? Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz debate changes on the left, including upcoming Meretz and Labor primaries, as well as the restoration of the Joint List; plus, a discussion of Avigdor Liberman's growing momentum.

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Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss Labor and Meretz primaries, Arab party politicking, and an apparent endorsement of partial unilateral West Bank annexation from American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

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June 6, 2019 38 min

Host Eli Kowaz discusses about synagogue and state will play into the Knesset race with guest Uri Keidar, the executive director of Israel Hofsheet, an organization dedicated to advancing cultural and religious pluralism in Israel.

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Today's episode of Israel Policy Pod features highlights from our latest Israeli elections briefing, featuring Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, a policy analyst and public opinion expert who has advised five Knesset campaigns, as well as electoral and civil society campaigns in fifteen countries. 

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May 29, 2019 21 min

Policy Director Michael Koplow speaks with host Evan Gottesman about Israel's second election of 2019. Plus, a dispatch from Communications Director Eli Kowaz in Tel Aviv.

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Host Evan Gottesman speaks with Tamara Cofman Wittes of the Brookings Institution about how Israeli annexation of West Bank territory would play out with other Middle East governments.

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Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz get to the heart of the incoming Trump administration "ultimate deal" plan; plus, an original Eurovision song mashup from Eli.

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Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's troubled pursuit of immunity from prosecution and backlash from Gidon Saar and other Likudniks, plus a five minute aside on the geography of Eurovision's Eastern European and non-European contestants. Later in the episode, Samantha Pohl makes her podcast debut.

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May 9, 2019 34 min

Evan Gottesman speaks to Israel Policy Forum's Israel Fellow Nimrod Novik, a former senior foreign policy adviser to Shimon Peres, about Israel's strategy in Gaza and why Palestinians and Israelis keep returning to brief (but costly) exchanges over the Strip.

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May 3, 2019 25 min

The Palestinian Authority is rejecting tax transfers from Israel. Why? And what does it mean for the future of the pro-annexation movement and the viability of the Palestinian Authority itself? Israel Policy Pod host Evan Gottesman and Policy Director Michael Koplow discuss.Read: Michael Koplow on the tax transfer issues and the risks of partial annexationRead: Evan Gottesman on the Paris Protocol and Palestinian tax transfers

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Israel Policy Pod host Evan Gottesman speaks with Israeli pollster Camil Fuchs (Channel 13) to get a clearer sense of where the Israeli public truly stands regarding Benjamin Netanyahu and West Bank annexation.

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April 16, 2019 22 min

One week after Israelis voted for their next government, hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz break down election results and discuss the road ahead, with special focus on issues like West Bank annexation and tensions between the ultra-Orthodox parties and Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beiteinu.

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April 7, 2019 28 min

Eli Kowaz hosts Walla News Political Correspondant Tal Shalev to preview Israeli election day.

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Is Israel becoming increasingly illiberal? On the eve of Israeli elections, host Evan Gottesman puts the question to Tamara Cofman Wittes and Yael Mizrahi-Arnaud, authors of the new Brookings Institution study "Is Israel in Democratic Decline?" (read the study here).

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April 1, 2019 30 min

Host Eli Kowaz is joined by Policy Director Michael Koplow to discuss different scenarios for Israeli election outcomes as the Knesset campaign enters its final week. 

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March 26, 2019 24 min

Executive Director David A. Halperin and Policy Director Michael Koplow talk conflict in Gaza and American recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan — and how these issues square with Israeli voters in the lead-up to April 9's Knesset election.

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March 20, 2019 25 min

After a rough political week for Benny Gantz, Walla's Tal Shalev joins host Eli Kowaz to talk about where things stand three weeks before Israelis head to the polls.

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