PODCAST: Bibi Learns the Hard Way: You Can’t Lock Down Dissent

Netanyahu sent Israelis into a second national lockdown to thwart protests against his corrupt regime - but he can't silence millions of angry citizens.

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Police arrest a protester during a demonstration against lockdown measures that they believe are aimed at curbing dissent against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Oct. 3, 2020.
Police arrest a protester during a demonstration against lockdown measures that they believe are aimed at curbing dissent against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Oct. 3, 2020.Credit: AP Photo / Ariel Schalit
Haaretz Weekly podcast.
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Host Simon Spungin is joined in the studio by Alex Griffing and remotely by Amos Harel and Chemi Shalev.

In Part 1, the team discusses Israel’s ongoing national lockdown, which critics have described as political and intended to stifle protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Those protests continued over the weekend - but were marred by violence from pro-Netanyahu thugs and heavy-handed police - while ultra-Orthodox lockdown violations were ignored.

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In Part 2, we take on President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test result and ask what it could mean for the election and potentially for Israel. Will the president emerge chastened and humbled from the experience? Will the sight of an enfeebled and sick Trump lose him votes?

Recommended related reading:

In a Just World, Trump Beats COVID-19 in Time to See It Crush His Presidency and Party / Chemi Shalev

Israel Marks Two Weeks of Lockdown With Record Cases, Strained Hospitals / Amos Harel

How Democrats Could Take Back the Senate – and What It Would Mean for Israel / Alexander Griffing

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