LISTEN: Netanyahu – the Political Genius Leading Israel Into the Abyss

Israel's longest-serving prime minister just secured another term of office, using tactics perfected by despots and dictators. What happens next? LISTEN FREE

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.
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On today's episode:

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Host Simon Spungin is joined by senior Haaretz columnist Bradley Burtson and social media editor Alex Griffing, to discuss the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's Israeli election.

With 97 percent of the votes counted, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears poised to secure a record-breaking fifth term of office – despite his Likud party gaining the same number of seats at his closest rival.

As Netanyahu begins the process of forming his new government, we ask:

  • What price will Bibi pay for a law that ensures that he cannot be indicted for graft as long as he remains in office?
  • Will he make good on his election promise to annex parts, if not all, of the West Bank?
  • What happened to the once-vibrant Israel left, which was the big loser in Tuesday's election?
  • And how closely do the campaigns run by Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump echo each other?

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