LISTEN: Why Bibi and His Haredi Cronies Won’t Allow a Meaningful Probe Into Israel’s Deadly Stampede

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Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz’s Anshel Pfeffer and ultra-Orthodox journalist and activist Pnina Pfeuffer to discuss the aftermath of the Mount Meron tragedy, in which 45 people were crushed to death at a Jewish festival.

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We ask: Will Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the political and religious leaders of the ultra-Orthodox community establish a commission of inquiry to investigate the incident, or are they too scared of the Pandora’s Box that could open?

If they refuse, will secular and Haredi Israelis unite in protest? Will ultra-Orthodox Israelis respond to this disaster with anger – and in which direction? And could this tragedy be the catalyst for a change in the often fraught coexistence between secular and Haredi Israelis?