PODCAST: Did the Iran Assassination Blast a Hole in the Biden-Netanyahu Relationship?

Fingers are pointed at Israel in the killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist just as President-elect Biden's team is determining its Iran policy. Was it a coincidence? Or a trap set by Trump and Netanyahu?

Haaretz Weekly
Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embrace in Jerusalem, September 3, 2016.
Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embrace in Jerusalem, September 3, 2016.Credit: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO
Haaretz Weekly

To talk about the aftermath of the dramatic assassination of the "father of Iran’s military nuclear program" and its effect on the Trump-Biden transition, host Allison Kaplan Sommer is joined by Esther Solomon and Amir Tibon.

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We ask: Was the timing of the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh part of an effort by Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu to tie the hands of President-elect Biden and his new foreign policy team?

What will happen if Iran retaliates, as it is threatening to do? And why did Trump retweet Haaretz's top expert on the Mossad right after the assassination was made public?

We also discuss whether the liberal media has been gaslighted by Trump and his supporters following his election defeat – and if Trump’s unprecedented refusal to accept the outcome is having a global impact.

Recommended related reading:

Trump might leave scorched earth on his way out. Netanyahu is happy to lend him a lighter | Noa Landau

Killing Iran’s nuke chief may hurt Israel more than he ever did in his life | Anshel Pfeffer

No, you do not have to feel the Trump voter's pain | Esther Solomon

Despite the blow to morale, Iran will find a nuclear scientist just as talented as the assassinated Fakhrizadeh | Yossi Melman

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