Episode

10/17 How Israel’s Assault On Gaza Could Destabilize The Region w/ Trita Parsi

October 17, 2023

It’s News Day Tuesday! But first, in a prerecorded conversation, Sam and Emma speak with Trita Parsi, executive vice president at the Quincy Institute, to discuss his recent piece on the escalating situation in Israel and Gaza entitled “Biden refuses to talk ‘ceasefire’ though it could prevent a regional war.” First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Biden’s visit to Israel, calls from the House for a ceasefire, Jim Jordan’s upcoming speakership vote (and Democrats’ response), the UAW, SCOTUS, and Biden’s deal with Venezuela, before parsing through Ron DeSantis bringing his classic bigotry to the Israel-Gaza conflict as he tries to resuscitate his campaign. Trita Parsi then joins, outlining the peripheral players in the Israel-Gaza conflict, first looking to Hezbollah’s ongoing skirmishes with Israel to the north, as well as Iran’s relationship with Hezbollah, and the existing tensions between these players and Hamas, before walking through developments on the border between Gaza and Egypt, and the future of the 1.1 million inhabitants of northern Gaza. After tackling the Biden Administration’s and State Departments’ developing responses to the conflict, beginning with their full-throated support for military action in Gaza – to the point of banning the use of terms like “ceasefire” and “de-escalation” from any public statements – Sam, Emma, and Parsi explore Biden’s stance as largely tied to domestic opinion, rather than foreign policy, and what that means for pushing a ceasefire. Wrapping up, Trita discusses growing tensions in the West Bank amid the genocide of Gazans, and Sam and Emma cover another failed GOP speakership vote, live!

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through the results from Jim Jordan’s Speakership attempt, explore the parallels and shortcomings of a Gaza-Iraq comparison, and talk with Haley from Montana about the politics of polling. The MR Crew also listens to the newest earsore in right-wing music, Matt Walsh discusses colonization and the wonders it did for human dignity, and Cucker from Chicago dives into labor ongoings in the retail, grocery, and pharmaceutical world. Kevin McCarthy blames Democrats for the GOP’s dysfunction, plus, your calls and IMs!

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