PODCAST: Could a Trump Triumph Be Netanyahu's Get Out of Jail Free Card?

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Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2017.
Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2017.Credit: STEPHEN CROWLEY / NYT
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Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Noa Landau and senior reporter Anshel Pfeffer as Israel's second nationwide lockdown enters its fourth week.

The team discusses protests over the government's handling of the pandemic and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's use of the crisis to clamp down on demonstrations against him.

Haaretz Podcast: Could a Trump triumph be Netanyahu's get out of jail free card?

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We ask: Have the restrictions brought more people out onto the streets? Is the prime minister no longer micro-managing the pandemic? And will any of the Israeli officials who violated the emergency regulations pay a price?

We also dive into coalition politics, the ultra-Orthodox response to COVID restrictions in Brooklyn and Israel, as well as the possibility that, if Donald Trump were to win a second term of office on November 3, Netanyahu and his Likud Party could be tempted to call an early election here.

Recommended related reading:

Why ultra-Orthodox Trump-worshipping Mobs Are Attacking Fellow Jews in New York / Anshel Pfeffer

Israeli Government, Parliament to Vote on Monday on UAE Normalization Deal / Noa Landau

Netanyahu's Party Surprised by Polls Showing Coronavirus Response Has Hurt Him / Chaim Levinson