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Inside Israel News

By Isaac Kight
Unbiased news and insights about Israel from an American who has worked within the Israeli Parliament.
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Episode 24: Rocket Attacks Continue, Bennett now seeks a Rightwing government
Calls for ceasefire continue as terrorist organizations fire rockets at Israeli civilians. Israel is devastating Gaza terrorist groups. Naftali Bennett is no longer negotiating with Lapid for a unity Change Bloc government, he is seeking a government with Netanyahu.
May 17, 2021
Episode 23: Israel Under Attack
A weak administration in Washington DC and the political impasse in Israel are contributing to an unstable situation. Rockets are being fired by the hundreds against Israeli civilians. Arab rioters in Lod burn Synagogues.
May 13, 2021
Episode 22: Can Lapid’s Centre-left “Change Bloc” form a coalition government?
Yair Lapid has a mandate to form a government. He is in talks with right wing politician Naftali Bennett to form a coalition with a rotation as Prime Minister. What would their cabinet look like?
May 10, 2021
Episode 21: The Case Against Bibi Netanyahu
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s behavior seems to be proving his opponents assertions correct; that he is simply clinging to power for his own benefit. Yair Lapid receives the mandate to form a government. There is a good chance that the “unity” anti-Netanyahu coalition could come together.
May 6, 2021
Episode 20: US and Israel Discuss Iran and Time is Running Out for Netanyahu
Mossad Director met with President Biden to discuss Iran. Netanyahu’s time to form a government is coming to a close. Also, the terrible tragedy at Mt. Meron which led to 45 deaths.
May 3, 2021
Episode 19: Arabs riot, $250 million for the PA, and Bibi’s last ditch effort to form a coalition.
The Biden Admin says Israeli delegation will not change their approach to the Iran Deal. PA President Mahmoud Abbas may delay elections. Bibi is running out of time to form a government.
April 26, 2021
Episode 18: Iran continues to enrich uranium, could there be a direct election for Prime Minister?
IAEA says Iran is enriching uranium to 60% as the Biden Admin continues to fumble negotiations. With no easy path to a coalition, could Israel hold a direct election for Prime Minister?
April 19, 2021
Episode 17.1 Israeli Independence Day Special
Hatikva, the Israeli national anthem and translation. The meaning of Zionism and Israel to the Jews. A brief history of the Israeli War of Independence 1948-49.
April 14, 2021
Episode 17: Israel strikes back at Iran’s nuclear program and coalition talks enter a new phase.
Israel sabotaged the Iranian nuclear program as the US seeks to renter the Obama-Era nuclear deal. Netanyahu and Bennett discuss a rotation in office as coalition talks begin in earnest.
April 12, 2021
Episode 16: Who will have the first go at forming a coalition?
Israel is concerned about the US position staked out ahead of forthcoming Iran talks. Was there an attempted coup in Jordan? Pro and anti-Netanyahu factions vie for a majority coalition.
April 6, 2021
Episode 15: Election in Review can pro or anti-Netanyahu parties form a coalition?
Attention shifts to Naftali Bennett and the ten Arab Knesset members as to how they might influence the coalition building process.
March 30, 2021
Episode 14.1 Supplement Election Results with 90% of ballots counted.
Supplemental episode with election results as of 90% of ballots counted.
March 24, 2021
Episode 14: Election Update - Final polls and analysis before the Tuesday Election in Israel
Polls show Netanyahu has a path to reelection, but it will be a close call. Anti-Bibi parties are trying to coax the undeclared parties into their fold.
March 21, 2021
Episode 13.1 Supplemental: Could Naftali Bennett be the next Prime Minister of Israel?
Naftali Bennett’s Yamina Party has pulled ahead of Gideon Sa’ar’s Party. Could he be the alternative candidate to succeed Netanyahu? What would that coalition look like?
March 15, 2021
Episode 13: As election nears Netanyahu says no to any rotation in office as Prime Minister.
Bibi will not accept a rotation as Prime Minister. Bennett remains kingmaker who could solidify either coalition. Sa’ar, Bibi’s main opponent, has fallen to third place. Latest polls included.
March 14, 2021
Episode 12: Israeli Politics Heat Up Ahead of Elections
Yair Lapid takes a back seat, Michaeli says Benny Gantz should quit, Israelis feel their society is deeply divided.
March 8, 2021
Episode 11: Why Iran is Israel’s Greatest Threat and a New Poll One Month From Election Day.
Iran is Israel’s most dangerous enemy because of their intelligence and industry. Iranians are very smart people who modernized considerably in the 60’s and 70’s before the Islamist Revolution placed power in the hands of fanatical religious clerics. Also, a new poll from Haaretz about a month out from Election Day.
March 2, 2021
Episode 10: The Iran Deal and A Discussion of the Forthcoming Election.
The Biden Administration is looking to return to the Obama Era nuclear deal. The key issues in the election are discussed along with the history of the Labor Party and Israel’s traditional left.
February 21, 2021
Episode 9.6 Supplement 4 Elections in 2 Years Part 3
The 2020 Election was somewhat inconclusive but did ultimately lead to the emergency unity government between Netanyahu and Gantz. The breakup of that government has led to a fourth election in 2 years.
February 19, 2021
Episode 9.5 Supplement 4 Elections in 2 Years Part 2
The September 2019 election was the second election held that year that once again produced no result and led to a third election.
February 19, 2021
Episode 9.4 Supplement 4 Elections in 2 years Part 1
The lead up to the first Knesset Election in 2019, the election results, and the failure to form a coalition.
February 19, 2021
Episode 9.3 Part 2 of a 2 Part Supplemental About the Structure of the Israeli Government.
Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, is discussed along with its Cabinet.
February 19, 2021
Episode 9.2 Part 1 of a 2 Part Supplemental About the Structure of the Israeli Government
Israel’s court system and ceremonial Presidency are described.
February 19, 2021
Episode 9.1 Supplemental: The Abraham Accords
The rise of Iran and changing threats in the Middle East brought Israel and several Arab states closer together. Learn about the new alliance and it’s implications for the future.
February 16, 2021
Episode 9: Virus Restrictions are lifted and Israel’s Center-Left Parties are Described.
Israel looks to end it’s virus lockdowns. Iran will end inspections soon which is placing pressure on the new US administration to act. Also, descriptions of Israel’s center-left Yesh Atid and Blue and White Parties.
February 15, 2021
Episode 8: New Polls Define the March Israeli Elections
Iran continues to banter as negotiations to restore the Obama era nuclear deal are discussed. New polls give insight into how Israeli voters perceive the election.
February 7, 2021
Episode 7: Gidon Sa’ar advances his platform and Iran may be close to nuclear weapons.
Gidon Sa’ar continues to challenge Bibi Netanyahu as he aspires to succeed him, Iran may be close to developing nuclear weapons, and learn about Israel’s ultra-orthodox religious parties.
January 31, 2021
Episode 6: US Israel Relations, News, and the Centre-Right Parties
Israel will soon receive a new Ambassador from the United States. Updates on the virus crisis, Israeli energy plans, and a description of the Yisrael Beteinu and Yamina parties.
January 24, 2021
Episode 5: Iran Looming, an end to the COVID crisis in Israel, and history of the Likud Party.
Iran is enriching uranium and the Biden team is talking about restoring the Iran Deal. Elections have been called for the Palestinians. Learn about the Likud Party, Israel’s main centre-right party. Likud has been the dominant force in Israeli politics since the late ‘70s.
January 17, 2021
Episode 4: Arab-Israeli Parties and polls of Palestinian Arabs.
Israeli Arab Parties and new developments in the political views ofArab-Israeli minority. Also, polls of Palestinian Arabs and insights into their political situation.
January 13, 2021
Episode 3: The Zombie Labor Party
Labor is resurrected from the dead like the Biblical vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. Gidon Sa’ar proposes term limits for the Prime Minister. Also, polls of current thinking on the part of the Palestinians Arabs.
December 30, 2020
Episode 2: Israel’s March 2021 Election: Bibi’s Game of Dreidel
Naftali Bennett says he will not join a coalition with Netanyahu further weakening Bibi’s chances at reelection. Four possible election outcomes are explored as a game of Dreidel.
December 27, 2020
Inside Israel News: Election March 2021 Introduction
The Knesset has formally dissolved and called for new elections; the fourth election in two years. Will Netanyahu win another term? Can his latest competitor unseat him?
December 27, 2020