LISTEN: In Israeli History, 2021 Will Be Remembered as the End of an Era

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Netanyahu, Bennett and Lapid. In Israeli history, 2021 will be remembered as the end of an era.
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From COVID to Netanyahu to Bennett and Lapid: Israel's biggest news stories of 2021.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg, Ronen Zvulun/Reuters, WinWin artlab/Shutterstock, Ariel Schalit/AP
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In Israeli history, 2021 will be remembered as the end of an era. After 12 years, Benjamin Netanyahu lost power – something many Israelis found unimaginable.

But this big development was only one event in a tempestuous year. There were multiple waves of COVID-19, a vaccine campaign and a world-leading push for a booster shot. U.S. President Joe Biden entered the White House with a very different attitude toward Iran than his predecessor.

Israel experienced a traumatic 11 days in May that sent Israelis to their bomb shelters and upended the relationship between Arabs and Jews. This was unexpectedly followed by an unprecedented level of involvement and power for Israeli Arab leaders as Mansour Abbas became a key player in the country’s new, post-Netanyahu government. 

Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn and senior national security analyst Amos Harel join host Allison Kaplan Sommer on the podcast to analyze the most dramatic stories of the year – and ask what’s in store for 2022, from COVID to the stability of Naftali Bennett's government. 

Plus, Haaretz reporters share their favorite stories of the year - from Capitol Hill to the ruins of ancient Yavneh, and also, Israel's worst falafel

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