Jeremy Gimpel Live from Jerusalem!
Gil Hoffman laments the possibility of new elections in Israel and gives a long list of people who would lose from such a scenario, from the Israeli public as a whole, to the Right in particular, to political correspondents. Since Netanyahu currently does not have time to listen to the The Land of Israel Network, Gil addresses his plea to God.
Gil then interviews Rabbi Efraim Mintz, director of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institue (JLI), a provider of adult Jewish courses on Jewish history, law, ethics, philosophy and rabbinical literature worldwide that has become the largest Jewish education network in the world. Mintz and JLI brought several hundred Jews from around their world along with their rabbis and rebbetzins this week to Israel, where they studied, toured, and became the largest international group to visit Hebron. Mintz praises Hoffman, who is the only speaker who addresses every JLI group every year. The rabbi invites listeners to learn more in more than 900 communities around the world and at myjli.com.
Gil Hoffman takes you behind the scenes in the criminal investigations of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, revealing his own conversations with Netanyahu spokesman, turned state’s witness Nir Hefetz. He then speculates on the chances to prevent an election and it’s impact on the forthcoming move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. How can a meeting between the US President and Israeli PM get overshadowed by other news? Because sometimes no news is the best news of the day.
Gil Hoffman does his show live from the site of the US Consulate that will become the American embassy in Jerusalem in May. He talks about the significance of the move taking place on the 70th birthday of Israel and interviews Jerusalem city councilwoman Fleur Hassan-Nahoum on site. Hassan-Nahoum credits Evangelical Christians for persuading US president Donald Trump to make the move, while Hoffman says believing Jews who influence Trump deserve credit as well. The head of the council’s Yerushalmim Party, Hassan-Nahoum says the site of the embassy in a Jewish neighborhood and near Arab neighborhoods could make it a place where Jews and Arabs come together. Between 1948 and 1967, the area was no-man’s land, between Israel and Jordan. Hassan-Nahoum declares triumphantly that it is now Israel’s land and recognized by America.
Gil Hoffman speaks to attorneys Michael Partem of the Movement for Quality Government and Yossi Fuchs of the Israel Legal Forum in an effort to determine how much trouble Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing in his multiple criminal investigations. Partem thinks Netanyahu could be indicted in both Case 1000, the Expensive Gift Affair, and Case 2000, the Newspaper Collusion Affair, because the definition of bribery is broader than people realize and does not necessarily require proving a quid pro quo. Fuchs says he believes Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit will close both cases against the prime minister, even though as he says, “Netanyahu is not Mother Theresa and likes living the good life.” Listen to the the lawyers and decide who gets it right.
Is Israel racist for deporting thousands of African migrants? That was the charge Gil Hoffman heard repeatedly on a speaking tour to liberal communities in the US in the past week. He speaks to Dan Eisenbud, who covers the migrants for The Jerusalem Post and lives among them, about both sides in the heated debate on this controversial issue.
Gil Hoffman explains why he has no interest in ever becoming a politician and he enjoys his job as a journalist. He takes you behind the scenes in the Knesset from Monday’s VIP tour for reporters where he got to sit in the seat of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset Plenum, but then says he has no interests in following in Netanyahu footsteps.
Gil walks back an analysis in the Jerusalem Post about the Vice President of the United States after receiving criticism. He speaks about a study taken that indicates less support for Israel among US Jews when it comes to the Arab Israeli conflict and explains why that study has been taken out of context by politicians.
Gil Hoffman laments that the praise for Israel in US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech was not reported abroad, where coverage of his Knesset speech focused instead on the message of the Arab MKs who protested the address. He says that an opportunity has been missed. He also expresses concern about plans to close the Israeli consulate in Atlanta and embassy in Ireland.
He then interviews Eyal Biram, a a recently discharged IDF captain, who founded a social initiative called “ISRAELis.” ISRAELis, is an apolitical nonprofit organization that aims is to improve Israel’s image in the world through young post-army women and men traveling abroad.
Gil Hoffman speaks to Zionist Union Knesset member Nachman Shai on the impact of the Israeli Left on Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s anti-Semitic speech and rejection of peace talks. Shai, like Naftali Bennett Monday says the Abbas era is over, but unlike Bennett, Shai says the 2 state solution is still alive. Shai also laments Israel’s inability to get out its message when its Foreign Ministry’s funding has been cut again.
Gil Hoffman recalls the day when he and other Ida Crown Jewish Academy high school students joined other top students from around Chicago for a special Oprah Winfrey show on “The good kids you don’t normally see on TV.” With Oprah’s encouragement, the show ended up running under the name “What kids say behind their parents’ backs.” Still disgusted as if it happened yesterday, Gil warns the world about his experience with Oprah and how it shows who she really is.