LISTEN: Israel’s Third Election Is a Racist Race to Replace Bibi

With just under three weeks to go until Israelis vote again, both the leading parties are demonizing the country's Arab citizens. PLUS: Can Israel win an Oscar? LISTEN FREE

Prime Minister Netanyahu, right, and Joint List leader Ayman Odeh in the Knesset in 2019.
Olivier Fitoussi

On today's two-part episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin is joined by senior Haaretz columnist Ravit Hecht to discuss the groundswell in anti-Arab racism that is dominating Israel’s third election campaign in a year.

With the two leading parties – Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan – both categorically ruling out the Joint List as a future member of any coalition, the delegitimization and demonization of Israel’s Arab citizens is in full swing. And with Joint List leader Ayman Odeh handing Gantz an ultimatum of his own, we ask whether endless elections are preferable to the alternative.

Israel’s third election is a racist race to replace BibiHaaretz Weekly Podcast Ep. 61

We also ask whether Kahol Lavan, ostensibly formed as an alternative to the right-wing government of Netanyahu, has morphed into a clone of the ruling party.

In Part Two of this episode, Haaretz’s resident film buff and TV critic Adrian Hennigan discusses the success of “Parasite,” the joy of “Jojo Rabbit” and the failure of Netflix to pick up any major awards.

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