On this week's episode, Haaretz's military analyst Amos Harel joins the podcast to discuss the dramatic events in Israel and Gaza.
Why did Israel strike the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad organization, and why is Hamas, the most powerful group in Gaza, stayed out of this round of fighting? Amos explains the behind-the-scenes dynamics between Israel and the Palestinian organizations, and warns Israel's leadership of the law of unintended consequences as the death toll rises in Gaza.
Later on the show, hosts Allison Kaplan Sommer and Amir Tibon talk about the political implications of the fighting, which is taking place amidst an Israeli election campaign. How do Israelis view prime minister Yair Lapid's handling of this crisis, and where did he find a symbolic victory over opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu? In addition, Allison asks Amir what his neighbors in a kibbutz right next to the Gaza border think about this round of fighting.