Foreign policy analysis that challenges the DC blob, confronts bigotry and endless war, and advocates for progressive alternatives. I'll focus particularly on the Middle East, especially Israel and Palestine, but the discussion will range all over, sometimes even into domestic issues and DC politics. We might even occasionally talk about sports and entertainment.
In this episode I examine Benny Gantz's decision to join Benjamin Netanyahu in a government of national unity. I look at the deal they made, the problems it has encountered, and, most of all, the lessons it holds for those of us outside of Israel. This segment is connected to my latest piece for Responsible Statecraft, "Gantz agrees to join Netanyahu in unity government — what does it mean?"
I also take a look at some of the places that are facing the coronavirus while also suffering under sanctions or other forms of economic deprivation from outside forces.
The first episode of the ReThinking Foreign Policy Podcast looks at how the coronavirus has compromised democratic structures and created an opportunity for authoritarian leaders to grab more power. I look particularly at Israel and the actions this week of Benjamin Netanyahu as he attacked the Knesset and the courts in a desperate bid to keep himself in power and avoid facing criminal charges of corruption. Of potentially even greater concern for those of us in the United States is the fear that Donald Trump may learn from Netanyahu's example.
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