LISTEN: Netanyahu’s Corona Smokescreen and Gaza’s ‘God-help-us’ Moment

Will Israel's political, medical and logistical measures contain the coronavirus pandemic - or will they kill off democracy? PLUS: Home from Peru - into isolation. LISTEN FREE

An Israeli walks past a shuttered market stall in Jerusalem on March 22, 2020.
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As Israel suffers its first coronavirus fatality and the number of people infected closes in on 1,000, host Simon Spungin is joined by Amos Harel and Noa Landau to discuss Israel’s medical, logistical and legal response to the global health crisis.

Will years of neglect lead to the collapse of Israel's healthcare system, which was, for years, among the best in the world? Will the discovery of two COVID-19 carriers in the Gaza Strip lead to the virus sweeping through the enclave?

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On the political front, we ask how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s anti-democratic measures will impact on an already illiberal democracy, and comment on the ongoing political impasse, which three elections have failed to resolve.

PLUS: We talk to Allison Kaplan Sommer and her son Eitan Sommer, who was one of the hundreds of Israeli backpackers airlifted home from Peru.

Recommended related reading:

Coronavirus Crisis Forces Israel and Palestinians to Stare Into the Same Abyss / Amos Harel

'Total Suspension of Individual Freedom': Inside Israel's Secret Coronavirus Debate / Noa Landau

New Coronavirus Guidelines Edging Israel Closer to Total Lockdown / Allison Kaplan Sommer