PODCAST: Kosovo, COVID and Bibi's Brilliant Bravado

Israel leads the world in new coronavirus infections - three months after the prime minister declared victory. Will relations with Kosovo appease an angry public?

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Anti-Netanyahu protests in Jerusalem on Sept. 5, 2020.
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Host Simon Spungin is joined this week by Anshel Pfeffer to discuss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ongoing mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, after Johns Hopkins declared that Israel has the highest per capita infection rate in the world.

What will it take for the government to impose a full lockdown ahead of Rosh Hashanah? Will “red cities,” with the highest infection rate, abide by any such decision? And how would Israelis respond if their prime minister were to fly to Washington to sign a peace deal with the United Arab Emirates at the height of a global pandemic?

LISTEN: Kosovo, COVID and Bibi's brilliant bravado

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We also look at President Donald Trump’s efforts to drag Israel into the Balkans conflict as he desperately hunts for international achievements ahead of the November election; and we ask whether Naftali Bennett has the courage and support to depose Netanyahu, his erstwhile patron.

Recommended related reading:

When It Comes to COVID-19, the Haredim Will Do Their Own Thing, and No One Can Stop Them / Anshel Pfeffer

Trump Secures Long Overdue Israeli Recognition of Kosovo. But What's That Have to Do With 'Middle East Peace'? / Noa Landau

Trump and Netanyahu’s Barefaced Gaslighting on the Israel-Kosovo Deal / Yonatan Touval

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