Israel on Sunday entered a third national lockdown with coronavirus cases spiking. Will this be the final lockdown as hundreds of thousands of Israelis have already received their inoculations? Prime Minister Netanyahu hopes that at least 2 million Israelis will receive their shots by the end of January. Plus, Israel is headed towards its fourth election in the past two years. Will Netanyhau hold on as the country’s leader, or will a coalition be formed led by either former Likud member Gideon Sa’ar and his “New Hope” party or Naftali Bennett’s Yamina? All of this plus the other latest news from Israel, on this week’s Israel Uncensored, with Josh Hasten.

The Chanukah mega-show: first, Malkah Fleisher on the Knesset’s Equality bill and the continuing fight against Hellenism. Then, Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen of the Vision Movement on the Post-Zionist discourse. Finally, Josh Reinstein of the Allies Caucus on the future of the ‘Nationalist camp” and Gideon Saar bolting the Likud. And with cameos: Leah Fleisher on going back to school, and comedian Elon Gold on Why Jews don’t need Xmas trees!

Gil Hoffman analyzes the results of Monday’s election and its lessons. He talks about why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign was so successful and why challenger Benny Gantz’s was so lackluster. He answers how the US President Donald Trump’s peace plan can now move forward. Finally, he pays tribute to the “corona voters,” the quarantined Israelis who came out of isolation to cast ballots.

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On today’s special election edition of Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, Josh interviews the “man (and woman) in the street” outside a Gush Etzion polling station, as Israel votes for the 23rd Knesset – the country’s third election within a year. While most voters interviewed in this non-scientific poll said they would vote for Yemina led by Naftali Bennett, others said they would be choosing PM Netanyahu’s Likud. Other voters were undecided going into the polling station. Listen to today’s show to get a sense of the logic used by some Israelis as they cast their ballots.

Gil Hoffman and Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s former spokesman Shai Bazak talk about Netanyahu’s run for the Likud leadership and whether he’s in the midst of his last election. Bazak who worked as Netanyahu’s spokesman at the start of his political career, takes listeners back to the days of Netanyahu as a young politician with a young family and reflects about why Netanyahu still remains in politics at age 70.

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Gil Hoffman reports from Likud challenger Gideon Sa’ar’s rally Monday night in the Tel Aviv suburb Or Yehuda. He interviews Likud MKs Sharren Haskel and Michal Shir and former MK Yehudah Glick, who support Sa’ar, as well as Tel Aviv University political science Professor Emmanuel Navon. Listen to the sounds and feel the energy at the largest rally opposing Netanyahu inside his own Likud party in a generation.

Israelis went to the polls this past week, but results produced a stalemate leading to a period of uncertainty as to which Israeli leader will form the next government. While Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party received two more Knesset mandates than the incumbent – Prime Minster Netanyahu’s Likud, neither side has enough support to form a government. The ball is now in the court of President Reuven Rivlin to try and help the sides make compromises to reach the necessary 61 seats. If not, Israel could in fact be headed towards yet another election – its third in less than a year, this coming winter.  On today’s Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, Josh tries to sort out the confusion and explain Rivlin’s daunting task.

On today’s Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, Josh speaks to representatives from two of the right-leaning parties who according to polls will pass the electoral threshold as Israel gets ready to elect representatives to the 22nd Knesset on Tuesday. First it’s Jeremy Saltan English Campaign Manager and candidate for Knesset from the Yamina party. Then a conversation with Fred Moncharsh, Likud Central Committee Member. Yamina and Likud have gone after each other in recent days trying to secure votes on the right. Who should right-leaning Israelis vote for? Maybe the Otzma Yehudit party is the answer? Either way, Josh says that the Jewish People living in the State of Israel are blessed to be able to elect their own leadership after 2,000 years in exile.

On today’s Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, Josh discusses the latest political developments in Israel including the decision by Ministers Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked to leave the Jewish Home party and start the “New Right Wing” party. What will be left of the Jewish Home and how will this move impact the formation of a “right wing” government should Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud come out on top in the elections? Also on the show Josh discusses the fact that Israel’s record year of tourism, with four million visitors arriving in the Jewish State in 2018, is a major fail for the BDS movement.