Gil Hoffman discusses the historic plan being unveiled by US President Donald Trump and the complicated political situation in both Israel and the United States, as Trump faces impeachment hearings and Netanyahu has formally been indicted. He explains the plan and how its political context could impact its future. He also goes into the mixed feelings felt by both the Israeli Right and Left.

Gil then reflects on the tragic loss of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, bringing testimony that Bryant had a strong respect and affection for Israel.

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Gil Hoffman and Jerusalem Post legal correspondent Yonah Jeremy Bob explain the legal and political quagmire that is preventing the formation of a government and could lead to a third election in under a year.

Bob explains Netanyahu’s cases and why the prime minister was charged with bribery. Gil goes through the possible options for avoiding a third election.

Gil Hoffman explains why he believes that the coalition negotiations on forming a national unity government that started on Tuesday are only the start of a very long road until Israel will finally have a new government in three months. He takes listeners behind the scenes in two meetings of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. He then explains why the Likud might actually be better off without Netanyahu at the helm.

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.

Gil Hoffman interviews Stav Shaffir, who is second on the left-wing Democratic Union list and Yair Lapid, who is second on the centrist Blue and White list. They both tell him why it is important that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lose the September 17 election. They both warn that if Netanyahu will be re-eelected, Israeli democracy will be in danger. Gil asks Shaffir if she regrets leaving Labor now that her current party is only getting six seats in the polls, and he speculates with Lapid about what would happen if neither Netanyahu’s Likud, nor Lapid’s Blue and White can form a government.

 

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How does Jewish governance look like? Is there a separation of Temple and State? Rav Mike Feuer returns to join Rabbi Yishai for some in-the-garden Jerusalem Torah. Then, Malkah Fleisher tells Yishai about Amazing Savings and Yishai tells her about PM Netanyahu’s visit to Hebron!

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.

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?

Gil Hoffman tries to explain Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s behavior in recent days surrounding his criminal investigations and looks ahead to what could happen in Israeli politics in 2018.
Then Jerusalem Post culture correspondent Amy Spiro comes on the show to talk about why the decision of a pop singer from New Zealand called Lorde to cancel her performance in Tel Aviv is a big victory for efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, even as Seinfeld and other big names are on the way to Israel.

Gil talks to Likud Knesset member Rabbi Yehudah Glick about how long Netanyahu’s government can last and how he used the turmoil in the prime minister’s coalition to advance his bill limiting cigarette advertising. Glick updates listeners about the status of the Temple Mount ahead of Hanukkah that celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple that stood there. Finally, Glick teaches about the greatness of Rabbi Yehuda Leib Steinman, the 104 year old Torah giant who died Tuesday.

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