LISTEN: A Tale of Two Crises: Coronavirus vs. Constitution

Benjamin Netanyahu has exposed Israeli democracy to far deadlier risks than COVID-19 in his battle to survive. LISTEN FREE to Chemi Shalev and Anshel Pfeffer.

A pro-democracy protester outside the Knesset on March 23, 2020.
Ohad Zwigenberg

Host Simon Spungin is joined by senior Haaretz correspondents Chemi Shalev and Anshel Pfeffer for a phone-in discussion of the two great crises facing Israel: the global coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented constitutional crisis.

In part one, Chemi explains how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the COVID-19 crisis has been influenced by his political and legal entanglements and why his behavior since his indictment has been his greatest sin against the State of Israel.

Haaretz Weekly Ep. 71: A tale of two crises: Coronavirus vs. Constitution

On the political front, Anshel explains why the resignation of Knesset Speaker Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein is a major blow for Netanyahu but why he could yet emerge victorious. Can he somehow emerge from all this as a national hero. Meanwhile, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz might not be able to take advantage of Netanyahu's setback.

Plus: Why Americans should be wary of President Trump, given his penchant for copying from Netanyahu's playbook and why this Passover will be different from all other Passovers.

Recommended related reading:

Netanyahu’s Extortion-by-coronavirus Is by Far His Most Shameful and Least Forgivable Offense / Chemi Shalev

For Communities – Jewish or Otherwise – Coronavirus Proves a Reckoning and an Opportunity / Anshel Pfeffer