First, Yishai and Malkah Fleisher on the dealing with Coronavirus in Israel, and the State of the Jewish State in medicine and the politics (and the politicians that need to get over their egos!) Then, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai on Zoom to build the Tabernacle like Bezalel – from the outside in.

New elections? Gil Hoffman delivers a behind the scenes look at the critical decision being made about whether Israel will form a new government or return to the polls for another election. He compares what is going on in Israel to other countries and to events in Israeli political history. He also encourages listeners to attend his VIP lunch briefing at the Shavuot of a Lifetime weekend at the Mount Zion Hotel on Shabbat June 8.

In this special “Election 2019” edition of Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, an interview with Dan Diker Research Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Diker gives his expert analysis on all the possible scenarios once the votes are counted for the 21st Knesset election. Will Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud Party get the most votes or will it be Benny Gantz’s Blue and White? Will Netanyahu be tasked with forming a government coalition, or will Blue and White get the first opportunity? Hear Diker explain what could happen in the days and weeks following the election as coalition negotiations get into high gear.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s competition in Tuesday’s election, former IDF chief-of-staff Benny Gantz, explains his positions to Gil Hoffman in an interview with The Jerusalem Post broadcast here with permission. In the interview, Gantz vows to win the election and form a government that will not include Netanyahu. Gantz concludes the 12-part Meet The Candidates series on Inside Israel Today in which new candidates from a dozen parties were interviewed.

Mtanes Shihadeh, the new leader of the Arab party Balad, speaks to Gil Hoffman as part of his Meet the Candidate series. Shihadeh explains why an Arab party has never joined a governing coalition in Israel.

Gil talks about his recommendation for how to choose a party on Election Day: Looking at the candidates on the cusp in the polls.

Continuing his “Meet the Candidate” series for the tenth week in a row, Gil Hoffman interviews former Jerusalem deputy mayor and former Beitar Illit mayor Rabbi Yitzhak Pindrus, who is eighth on the list of the Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party that is getting seven seats in most polls. Pindrus was born in Jerusalem to immigrants from Cleveland and Boston and is the only candidate in an ultra-Orthodox party who agreed to be interviewed in English. A resident of Jerusalem’s Old City, he blasts Blue and White candidate Benny Gantz for his statements supporting creating an egalitarian prayer site at the Western Wall. He also explains his point of view on why the ultra-Orthodox have been moving to communities in Judea over the so-called Green Line. Pindrus says people who are not ultra-Orthodox have plenty of reasons to vote for his party as well.

Continuing his “Meet the Candidate” series, Gil Hoffman interviews Dr. Ronit Dror, who is 4th on the list of the Zehut party of former Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, which has been crossing the electoral threshold in all recent polls. Dror is a social worker of Tunisian heritage from the northern city of Karmiel and the founder of Letzidchem, the first professional non-profit organization in Israel working for divorced men’s rights. She vows to use the Knesset to fight for equality in a system that she believes discriminates against men. A former Labor Party voter, she explains why she has decided to put diplomatic issues aside and focus on solving urgent internal problems in Israeli society.

Former Intel executive vice president Dadi (David) Perlmutter explains why he wants to go from running a 50 billion dollar company to passing bills in the Knesset. Continuing his “Meet the Candidate” series, Gil Hoffman speaks to Perlmutter, who is second on the Gesher list of MK Orly Levy-Abecassis.
Perlmutter admits he is taking a risk by running in a party that may not cross the electoral threshold, but he says he believes in her leadership. He succeeded in his investment in Mellanox, the multinational supplier of computer networking products that was sold for 6.9 billion dollars on Monday.
The show concludes with Hoffman explaining the political impact of new legal developments in Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu’s criminal cases.

Yisrael Beytenu’s #4 candidate, Eli Avidar, introduces himself, as Gil Hoffman continues his “Meet the Candidate” series. Avidar is a diplomat turned businessman who served Israel as consul-general in Hong Kong vice-consul in Philadelphia and head of the Israeli delegation in Qatar, then was managing director of the Israeli Diamond Exchange and currently heads a financial technology start-up. Avidar explains why he left the private sector to run in the election, why he chose Yisrael Beytenu and what he intends to do if elected to the Knesset in the April 9 election.

Gil then explains why Netanyahu’s strategy could turn off voters and what will happen if neither he, nor Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, can form a governing coalition after the election.

Tricky politics and attitudes! Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai Fleisher to discuss the intense political moment Israel finds itself in today and Isabelle and Ester – a bad queen and a good queen in Jewish history. Then, Malkah (queen!) Fleisher on the much-loved rain in the Land of Israel, on Netanyahu’s trials, and on whether the classic Israeli pastry “bourekas” are going extinct?

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