LISTEN: Bibi’s Slash-and-burn Strategy Puts Israel on Trial

Even as the accused in a criminal trial, Israel’s PM still puts himself above the good of his country - with potentially catastrophic results. LISTEN FREE to Chemi Shalev

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Protesters outside the Jerusalem courthouse ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial on May 24, 2020.
Protesters outside the Jerusalem courthouse ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial on May 24, 2020.Credit: Ariel Schalit / AP
Haaretz Weekly podcast.
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Host Simon Spungin is joined by senior Haaretz columnist Chemi Shalev on the day that Benjamin Netanyahu became the first serving Israeli prime minister to go on trial.

We ask: Is Netanyahu’s tactic of attacking the judicial system causing irreparable damage to the country he professes to love? Is the very fact that a prime minister has gone on trial a cause for celebration or lament? And which will have a more detrimental effect on Israel – Netanyahu’s acquittal or his conviction?

LISTEN: Bibi’s slash-and-burn strategy puts Israel on trial

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Also, reporting from outside the Jerusalem courthouse, Anshel Pfeffer calls in to describe the scene and to explain what will unfold in the weeks ahead – warning that there will be many months of legal wrangling before the evidentiary part of the trial even begins.

Recommended related reading:

Netanyahu’s Defense Strategy Is to Undermine His Accuser, the State of Israel / Chemi Shalev

For 50 Minutes, Netanyahu's Fate Was Controlled by Two Women in Black / Anshel Pfeffer

Explained / Netanyahu on Trial: Everything You Need to Know

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