LISTEN: Israel’s Corona Crisis Could Be Bibi’s Swan Song

Netanyahu’s trial has been postponed, the Shin Bet can now track citizens' cell phones and most of the country is in virtual shutdown. What does the COVID-19 crisis mean for Israel and its democracy? LISTEN FREE

Haaretz's empty podcast studio ahead of a phone-in recording on March 15, 2020.
Simon Spungin

Host Simon Spungin is joined – by telephone – by Noa Landau, Anshel Pfeffer, Allison Kaplan Sommer, Esther Solomon and Ruth Schuster to discuss Israel’s response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Has Israel done enough to keep its citizens safe – or has it gone too far? Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the right person to lead the country through this crisis, or does his failure to secure an electoral majority disqualify him? Will the Shin Bet relinquish its new powers to track citizens’ cell phones once the crisis is over – or is this an intrusion that Israelis will have to get used to?

Israel's coronavirus crisis could be Bibi's swan song. Haaretz weekly podcast

We also discuss the legality and wisdom of the decision to postpone Netanyahu’s corruption trial until May 24, and ask whether it will be possible to form a ruling coalition at a time when the country is in virtual lockdown.

Live updates on the global coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus Crisis Cannot Chip Away at Checks and Balances / Noa Landau

Jewish and Panicked by Coronavirus? Come With Your Guilty Conscience to Israel / Anshel Pfeffer

Everything You Need to Know About the New Guidelines for Tourists and Israeli Citizens / Allison Kaplan Sommer