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Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz’s West Bank correspondent Hagar Shezaf, to discuss a change in policy at the Jewish National Fund, which will now openly purchase land in the occupied West Bank for the purpose of expanding Israeli settlements.

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Hagar explains how a change in the balance of power within the JNF has allowed it to turn the organization's unofficial policy of investing in the settlement enterprise into one of its stated goals.

Haaretz’s Ben Samuels, dialling in from Washington, comments on what this decision might mean for liberal American Jews, while chief sports writer Uzi Dann joins to discuss the failed takeover of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club by an Emirati sheikh.

Recommended related reading:

Jewish National Fund Leadership Okays Plan to Expand West Bank Settlements / Hagar Shezaf and Hagai Amit

‘Keren Kayemeth Who?’ How the Jewish National Fund-USA Divorced Its Israeli Counterpart / Allison Kaplan Sommer

Fauci Tells Haaretz That on Vaccine Rollout, ‘Israel Really Did It Right’ / Ben Samuels

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