6/24 Understanding the Post-Netanyahu Israeli Government w/ Haggai Matar

June 24, 2021

Emma hosts Haggai Matar, Executive Director of +972 Magazine, to discuss the new Israeli governmental coalition, PM Naftali Bennet’s role within it, and how its formation will impact the occupation in East Jerusalem. They pick up on their conversation earlier this year, digging into Netanyahu’s ousting and how it came to be; they explore Bibi’s shift from outwardly pro-two-state solution to spending 12 years in power entrenching the country into the occupation and dismantling peace negotiations, and how he managed to build his cult of personality. Then, Matar walks us through the recent coalition that brought an end to Bibi’s reign, looking into the diverse range of ideologies – from Naftali Bennet’s far-right Yamina party to communist and Palestinian Islamist parties – and how, despite Bennet’s position of power, the coalition is still bound to the left. They also discuss how Mansour Abbas’ United Arab List and the Israeli left managed to capitalize on Netanyahu’s ousting, using the moment to finally garner actionable clout in Israeli politics, before Haggai and Emma look into the future of the left and the fight for Palestinian liberation in Israel. Emma rounds out the free half by exploring the viral smackdown of Matt Gaetz by General Willey over Critical Race Theory hysteria, Matt looks into the historical relationships between the military and Right-Wing Populism, and Joe Biden solves gun control by giving more money to the guys with guns

And in the Fun Half: Emma, Brandon, and Matt chat Blue’s Clues conspiracies, and go even further into fiction with a discussion on who the right wing’s theoretical ringer would be in a debate. Then, Tony from TX calls in to discuss the absurdly outsized influence that Police Department’s have on local politics, giving particular experience from his Texas organizing, and the crew talks OAN trying to rescue political executions from the fringes of American politics and how the hell they even get funding in the first place. An out of frame Andrew Giuliani defends his father’s law license as he rants against the refusal to abide by a “jury of one’s peers” in not letting a quintet of corrupt rodents rule on the case, the group explores Meghan McCain’s aggressive questioning of Bernie and whether or not he had a responsibility to go further in defense of the squad, plus, your calls and IMs!

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