PODCAST: Why Is Israel’s anti-Bibi Left So Lost – and Chasing Yet Another General as Its Messiah

All identity politics and no issues: Israel could be heading into a fourth election nobody wants, with an opposition more disorganized than ever. Listen to Chaim Levinson and Noa Landau

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A protester holds a sign saying 'The cultural industries ask: Where's Benny?' referring to Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, pictured wearing a Waldo outfit, Rosh Ha'ayin, August 9, 2020.
A protester holds a sign saying 'The cultural industries ask: Where's Benny?' referring to Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, pictured wearing a Waldo outfit, Rosh Ha'ayin, August 9, 2020.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
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Host Allison Kaplan Sommer is joined by Chaim Levinson and Noa Landau to explain how Israel could be back into its pre-COVID, perpetual election mode – and discuss why its current politics are so dysfunctional.

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Why Israel’s anti-Bibi left is so lost – and chasing yet another general as its Messiah. LISTEN

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With a Knesset vote paving the way to Israel’s fourth election in a row, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz finally appears to be ready to sign the death warrant of Israel’s ailing coalition government. 

We ask: Will the vote actually lead to a fourth election as early as March, or will Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu figure out a way to delay the inevitable? Why is the Israeli left and center so visible and vocal on the streets demonstrating against Netanyahu’s government, but so weak and fragmented in the polls?

We discuss why, after Gantz has so visibly crashed and burned, are politicians and pundits looking so longingly at yet another general with no political experience – former chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot – to save the  “anyone but Netanyahu” camp?

Finally, we touch on the fallout of the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on Israel's relations with an incoming Biden administration, and its newfound friends in the Gulf.

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