PODCAST: Netanyahu's Sacrifice Keeps Israel in Lockdown Limbo

The country's longest-serving prime minister believes that losing him as leader would be a worse fate for Israel than any pandemic. With Anshel Pfeffer and Chaim Levinson

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An anti_Netanyahu demonstrator during a protest outside the Knesset in Jerusalem on September 29, 2020, against a possible bill restricting protests amidst new pandemic regulations.
An anti-Netanyahu demonstrator during a protest outside the Knesset in Jerusalem on September 29, 2020, against a possible bill restricting protests amidst new pandemic regulations.Credit: Menahem Kahama / AFP
Haaretz Weekly podcast.
Haaretz Weekly

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz correspondents Chaim Levinson and Anshel Pfeffer to discuss the impact of Yom Kippur on Israel's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The team discusses the likely spike in cases after many ultra-Orthodox synagogues were open for prayers on the Judaism’s holiest day – despite a strict ban on gatherings in closed spaces.

Haaretz podcast: Israel in lockdown limbo, and what's really stuffed in Bibi's laundry suitcases

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We also ask whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formulated the exit plan that was sorely lacking last time the country exited a lockdown, whether attempts to ban demonstrations are anything more than a diversionary tactic and why no one in Israel was surprised by resurfacing reports that the prime minister and his entourage take generous advantage of dry cleaning services at the White House.

Recommended related reading:

In ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem, Yom Kippur Was Stronger Than the Virus / Anshel Pfeffer

Netanyahu Wages a Holy War Against Protests. It's Already Claimed the First Casualty / Amos Harel

Liberal Zionists, It’s Time to Admit: AOC Just Doesn’t Want to Be Your Friend / Amir Tibon

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