PODCAST: How COVID Killed Bibi’s Legacy and Resurrected His Archrival

Days into its second nationwide lockdown, Israel has gone from role model to cautionary tale - thanks to Netanyahu's mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett in 2015.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett in 2015.Credit: Emil Salman
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Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn and senior correspondent Anshel Pfeffer for a post-Rosh Hashanah, mid-lockdown episode.

The team discusses Israel’s second nationwide lockdown, the officials who think the restrictions don’t apply to them and whether an even tighter closure is on the horizon.

LISTEN: How COVID killed Bibi’s legacy and resurrected his archrival

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We also ask: Could Naftali Bennett be the leader Israel needs to extricate it from the pandemic quagmire – and will he have the ruthlessness to plunge the political knife into the back of a man he’s worshipped for decades?

Recommended related reading:

Anyone but Naftali Bennett / Aluf Benn

Israelis' Much-vaunted Solidarity, Honed by War, Has Failed in Time of Plague / Anshel Pfeffer

A Paean to Liberalism and Human Rights / Haaretz Editorial

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