LISTEN: From Auschwitz to Annexation, Politics Trumps Peace for Bibi and Gantz

As Israel readies for its third election in a year, the two men vying to lead the country are heading off to Washington to discuss a peace plan - without the Palestinians. LISTEN FREE

U.S Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on January 23, 2020.
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On today’s show, host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz’s Allison Kaplan Sommer for a wide-ranging discussion, focusing on U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” and the two Israeli leaders who have been invited to meet him at the White House.

Was Benjamin Netanyahu taken aback by Trump’s invitation to his main rival, Kahlon Levan leader Benny Gantz, or was it part of an elaborate Machiavellian ploy to demean and sideline Gantz?

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We also discuss the cognitive dissonance of Gantz hailing the American peace plan as a “meaningful landmark” in efforts to end the Israel-Palestine conflict, while, in almost the same breath, calling for annexation of the Jordan Valley.

Also on the agenda: a busy week for leaders and their legal woes, as Trump and Netanyahu both face pivotal moments in their respective efforts to stave off impeachment or avoid prosecution entirely; the perils of playing to the Instagram audience when it comes to the Holocaust; and will Putin release the Israeli backpacker in time to vote (for Netanyahu?) in the upcoming Israeli election?

Related reading:

Tweeting the Holocaust: The Perils and Perks of Using Social Media to Remember the Shoah / Allison Kaplan Sommer

Israel, Beware the True Cost of Trump's 'Peace' Plan / Daniel B. Shapiro

Israel Sold the Memory of the Holocaust to the Interests of Foreign Nations / Ofer Aderet

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