Israel Policy Pod

Israel Policy Pod

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A weekly podcast going beyond the headlines, bringing you the latest details and analysis from Israel and the region.


Grassroots: Against Annexation, For Democracy
Jul 1 • 31 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz are joined by Yaya Fink, CEO of the NGO Darkenu, founder of the Lobby 99 organization, and former Labor Party Knesset candidate, for a conversation on fighting for a more democratic Israel and the civil society…
Yossi Klein Halevi on Annexation
Jun 30 • 58 min
This episode of Israel Policy Pod features a recording of Israel Policy Forum’s latest Annexation Watch briefing, featuring Yossi Klein Halevi of Shalom Hartman Institute and moderated by Israel Policy Forum Board Chair Susie Gelman.
Israel On Air
Jun 26 • 53 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz join a panel discussion on podcasting about Israel with Mishy Harman (Israel Story) and Dina Kraft (the Branch), moderated by Brina Chu (Israel Action Network).
Our Future Israel
Jun 17 • 26 min
Host Evan Gottesman speaks with IPF Atid young professional leaders Brianna Goodlin and Jonathan Kamel about IPF Atid’s new #OurFutureIsrael campaign responding to the prospect of West Bank annexation.Get involved with #OurFutureIsrael here.Click here…
Annexation in the Dark
Jun 9 • 31 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss the security establishment’s take on looming West Bank annexation with Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ilan Paz.
On the Hill (Remotely)
Jun 5 • 66 min
Government Relations Manager Aaron Weinberg joins hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz to discuss how Israel Policy Forum’s work on Capitol Hill is continuing in the age of social distancing and to provide commentary on Israel Policy Forum’s recent video…
What to Do When the Party Leaves You?
Jun 2 • 33 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz talk with MK Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh about her political ambitions, looming West Bank annexation, and her decision to break ranks with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party for Yesh Atid.
How Will the Palestinians Respond to Annexation?
May 28 • 62 min
On this episode, Israel Policy Pod presents a recording of Israel Policy Forum’s recent briefing call with PLO Ambassador to the United Kingdom Husam Zomlot. We also encourage you to read Michal Koplow’s latest column on the necessity of a Palestinian…
The Great Knesset Debate
May 21 • 70 min
Find out how Israeli opposition parties are responding to West Bank annexation, featuring MK and former Deputy Mossad Head Ram Ben Barak (Yesh Atid), MK and former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan (Israel Democratic Party), and Aida Touma-Sliman…
Is Abbas Serious This Time?
May 20 • 14 min
Policy Director Michael Koplow joins hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz to help break down a recent dramatic announcement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that has the Israel Policy Pod team feeling a sense of deja vu.Register for our upcoming…
The Ministry of Silly Walks
May 14 • 27 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz break down why the swearing in of Israel’s new government has been postponed, explain the expansion of the cabinet to include superfluous ministerial portfolios, and check in on the status of West Bank annexation plans.
“Don’t Know” About Annexation
May 13 • 32 min
Professor Tamar Hermann of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) joins host Evan Gottesman to break down the findings in the lDI’s latest Israeli Voice Index: what it shows about Israeli public opinion on annexation, and why so many Israelis responded by…
Dissecting Trump Plan Talking Points
May 7 • 31 min
Policy Director Michael Koplow and host Evan Gottesman break down a set of talking points on the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian proposal laid out in a recent op-ed by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.Read Michael Koplow’s latest…
Israel-China Ties in Focus
May 6 • 26 min
Dr. Shira Efron, Israel Policy Forum’s policy advisor and an expert on Israel-China ties, joins host Evan Gottesman to discuss recent developments in the Jerusalem-Beijing relationship and their impact on the U.S.-Israel alliance.Read Dr. Efron’s work…
EuroTrip
Apr 30 • 22 min
Policy Director Michael Koplow joins hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz to discuss the recent warning from European ambassadors against West Bank annexation, while in Israel, a supreme court ruling could send the country to fourth elections.
Israel’s Commanders Confront Annexation
Apr 29 • 29 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz speak with Dan Rothem, CEO of Commander’s for Israel’s Security, about how the movement of high-ranking ex-generals is confronting the imminent threat of West Bank annexation.For a follow-up to the discussion, join…
Access East Jerusalem
Apr 23 • 28 min
Host Evan Gottesman speaks with Association for Civil Rights in Israel Executive Director Sharon Abraham-Weiss and Abir Joubran-Dakwar, Director for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories at ACRI about access to healthcare services in East…
Countdown to Annexation
Apr 22 • 25 min
Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss the Netanyahu-Gantz coalition agreement, which calls for annexation deliberations to begin July 1.
A Fourth Election? In This Economy?
Apr 14 • 14 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss the unthinkable: a fourth Israeli Knesset election in the span of just over a year (and in the middle of a pandemic, no less).
A Labor of Love: A Discussion with Stav Shaffir
Apr 7 • 47 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz speak with former Member of Knesset and Green Movement leader Stav Shaffir about the collapse of the Labor Party and how the Israeli left can rebuild.
Americans, Israelis, Palestinians, and the World Ahead
Apr 2 • 28 min
Host Evan Gottesman speaks with Ilan Goldenberg, Israel Policy Forum policy advisor and senior fellow and director at the Center for a New American Security Middle East Security Program, about the new world being shaped by coronavirus, and where…
Blue and White Blues
Mar 31 • 26 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss shake-ups and breakups on the Israeli center-left, as Kachol Lavan and Labor-Gesher-Meretz fragment over the question of an emergency unity government.
Coronavirus Comes to Gaza
Mar 26 • 17 min
Dr. Shira Efron joins hosts Evan Gottesman and Margaux Nijkerk to discuss the spread of the novel coronavirus to the Gaza Strip and why the Palestinian coastal enclave could be especially hard hit by the public health crisis. Dr. Efron co-authored the…
One State: The Logical Conclusion of Annexation
Mar 25 • 19 min
Israel Policy Forum’s new study, “In Search of a Viable Option,” evaluates seven potential outcomes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this episode, hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz explore two of those approaches, one Jewish state, and the Trump…
Netanyacoup?
Mar 20 • 22 min
From tracking cell phones to curbing the activities of the Knesset, recent actions undertaken by Israel’s caretaker government have critics alleging that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and allies like Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein are using the…
Three Elections, Zero Winners
Mar 17 • 20 min
After three Knesset elections, Israel’s politicians are still locked in a stalemate. Add in coronavirus, and you have a recipe for real uncertainty. Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss the different directions Israel could take after President…
Emergency Coronalition
Mar 12 • 17 min
With the Coronavirus crisis dominating the headlines, Netanyahu calls for an emergency unity government under his leadership while his court date looms and Labor-Meretz-Gesher’s Orly Levy emerges as a potential ally.
A Flashback From the 1980s: The Jordanian Option
Mar 10 • 23 min
Israel Policy Forum’s new study, “In Search of a Viable Option,” evaluates seven potential outcomes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this episode, hosts Evan Gottesman (who co-authored the study) and Margaux Nijkerk zoom in on one of those…
Searching for a Viable Option
Feb 27 • 28 min
If not two states, then what? Host Margaux Nijkerk breaks down this question with former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro, Dr. Shira Efron, and Evan Gottesman as they discuss a new report authored by Evan and Dr. Efron evaluating seven…
The Election to End All Elections?
Feb 26 • 42 min
Is a Netanyahu right-wing majority within reach? Does Benny Gantz have a realistic path to form a coalition? Less than a week before Israelis head to the polls for a third consecutive time, host Eli Kowaz is joined by Independent Journalist Neri Zilber…
Mapping the Trump Plan
Feb 7 • 19 min
Host Eli Kowaz speaks with Tel Aviv-based analyst Dan Rothem about the new borders set out in the Trump administration’s Peace to Prosperity proposal and their ramifications for Israel’s secure, Jewish, and democratic future.
The Real Deal? Understanding Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian Plan
Jan 29 • 60 min
Amid Israel’s continuing political deadlock, the Trump administration has now unveiled its long-delayed Israeli-Palestinian plan. Upending decades of bipartisan policy, the proposal gives American endorsement to Israeli annexation of broad swaths of the…
Wheeling and [Ultimate] Dealing
Jan 24 • 17 min
Over the past week, the Trump administration’s perennially delayed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan has gone from the realm of fantasy to being just around the corner. Is this a serious proposal or a transparent political ploy to trap Benjamin Netanyahu’s…
Deadline Drama
Jan 16 • 24 min
In this week’s episode Evan Gottesman, Eli Kowaz, and Margaux Nijkerk discuss the deadline drama as Wednesday marked the final day for parties to register for March’s election.
Inside the Joint List: A Talk with MK Aida Touma-Sliman
Jan 9 • 34 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Margaux Nijkerk talk to Aida Touma-Sliman, a member of Knesset for the Joint List. Tune in for a discussion on MK Touma-Sliman’s advocacy for women’s rights and Arab citizens of Israel, West Bank annexation and threats to a…
After Soleimani: War With Iran?
Jan 6 • 45 min
Join Israel Policy Pod for a special program, featuring a recording of Israel Policy Forum’s briefing on the death of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and its impact on American and Israeli security, with Ilan Goldenberg in conversation with…
Israel in 2020: Five Things to Watch
Dec 31, 2019 • 22 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss five issues that will shape Israeli politics, U.S.-Israel relations, and the future viability of a two-state solution in 2020.
Follow The Leader
Dec 27, 2019 • 13 min
Eli Kowaz and Margaux Nijkerk discuss Benjamin Netanyahu’s convincing primary win over challenger Gideon Sa’ar.
Sa’ar Wars
Dec 19, 2019 • 23 min
On this episode of Israel Policy Pod, hosts Evan Gottesman, Eli Kowaz, and Margaux Nijkerk talk about the Likud primary and how it could shape projections for the March Knesset election results.
How Is This Election Different from All Other Elections?
Dec 12, 2019 • 26 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss the official launch of an unprecedented third Knesset election season in the span of twelve months. Will this election be different from the past two? And what factors are shaping the early stages of the…
Jordan Valley Annexation: Is Bibi Amman of His Word?
Dec 5, 2019 • 31 min
For the second time in Israel’s seemingly interminable election cycle, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has deployed the possibility of Jordan Valley annexation as way to rally support — even if Israel’s security and relationship with the neighboring…
Netanyahu, Indicted
Nov 21, 2019 • 19 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss the biggest Israeli political news story of the past decade: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted in three corruption cases, with charges including fraud, breach of trust, and bribery.
Unpacking “Our Boys”
Nov 15, 2019 • 27 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Margaux Nijkerk are joined by Hagai Levy, co-creator of the the HBO hit series “Our Boys,” to discuss the impact of the show.
Yair Golan: From the Front Lines to the Knesset Floor
Oct 31, 2019 • 30 min
Less than two weeks before his keynote address at Israel Policy Forum’s Annual Event in New York City, MK and former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. (res.) Yair Golan sits down with Eli Kowaz to talk about Israeli politics, Israel’s future with the…
Loving Israel, Conditionally
Oct 25, 2019 • 34 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman, Eli Kowaz, and Margaux Nijkerk speak with Israel Policy Forum’s Policy Director Michael Koplow about how the topic of conditioning American aid to Israel has entered the Democratic Party primary race and what it means for the future…
An Uncertain Time, in Israel and Beyond
Oct 18, 2019 • 23 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss what happens when Benjamin Netanyahu hands over the mandate to form a government next week, and how Israel’s political uncertainty squares with America’s withdrawal from the Middle East and the ascent of Turkey…
Thinking About the Future: Third Election’s the Charm?
Oct 11, 2019 • 30 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman, Eli Kowaz, and Margaux Nijkerk are joined by IPF Atid’s Shanie Reichman as they parse Israel’s political paralysis and what Prime Minister Netanyahu’s future portends for the U.S.-Israel partnership.
Bibi’s Bad Day
Oct 3, 2019 • 23 min
Benjamin Netanyahu may have been given the first opportunity to form a government, but he isn’t having a good day or week for that matter. Hosts Evan Gottesman, Eli Kowaz, and Margaux Nijkerk discuss the embattled prime minister’s legal troubles,…
The Risks and Rewards of Going Second
Sep 26, 2019 • 18 min
A week after Israeli elections, hosts Evan Gottesman, Eli Kowaz, and Margaux Nijkerk discuss the Joint List’s historic recommendation of Benny Gantz as prime minister, Avigdor Liberman’s ever-enigmatic behavior, and why Gantz prefers to let Benjamin…
The Day After Elections
Sep 18, 2019 • 16 min
The day after Israel’s second election of 2019, hosts Evan Gottesman, Eli Kowaz, and Margaux Nijkerk parse the results of the do-over Knesset contest.
Before Israel Votes
Sep 13, 2019 • 49 min
Before Israelis head to the polls, tune in to our briefing with journalist and former Member of Knesset Ksenia Svetlova, covering developments from the last stage of the campaign: the cameras bill, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Jordan Valley promise and trip…
Israeli Elections, West Bank Annexation: Bibi’s Jordan Valley Vow
Sep 10, 2019 • 27 min
Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to annex the Jordan Valley region of the West Bank if he comes out on top in next week’s election, and he hopes President Trump will help.
The Knesset Race Begins (For Real This Time)
Sep 5, 2019 • 30 min
There are less than two weeks left before Israelis head to the polls, and a quiet campaign season is finally picking up.
Israel’s Two Week Campaign Season
Aug 29, 2019 • 23 min
It’s been a slow campaign season in Israel, but things are picking up as September 17 draws ever closer.
Israel and Iran: More Conflict Ahead?
Aug 29, 2019 • 64 min
Host Evan Gottesman speaks with Sima Shine of the Institute for National Security Studies about recent developments in Israel’s campaign against Iranian proxies in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, as well as the Trump administration’s potential outreach to Iran…
Arab Parties, Israeli Politics
Aug 22, 2019 • 61 min
Israel Policy Pod’s Evan Gottesman hosts a briefing with Arik Rudnitzky, a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute, on the latest developments in Israeli Arab politics — including Joint List leader Ayman Odeh’s announcement that he would…
One Does Not Simply Enter Israel
Aug 15, 2019 • 35 min
Eli and Evan are joined by Government Relations Manager Aaron Weinberg to discuss the Israeli government decision to deny Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib entry into Israel.
Three Election Outcomes
Aug 9, 2019 • 28 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz review three potential election outcomes — a unity government, a center-left coalition, and a right-wing coalition — and explain why one possibility looks more likely than the others.
It’s My Party (Take Two): An Overview of Israel’s Political Parties
Aug 2, 2019 • 51 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz run down the list of major political parties running in the September Knesset elections.
The Left’s Bumpy Ride to Unity
Jul 25, 2019 • 17 min
Host Eli Kowaz and Policy Director Michael Koplow discuss the Meretz-Barak-Shaffir merger on the Israeli left and its implications. Recorded on a bus so please excuse audio difficulties but admire our dedication.
Queen of the Right
Jul 24, 2019 • 26 min
Host Eli Kowaz and Policy Director Michael Koplow discuss the return of Ayelet Shaked to lead the New Right party, as well as other developments in the Israeli elections.
Deadline Approaching
Jul 19, 2019 • 21 min
With the deadline for final party registration fast approaching in Israel, hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz check in with developments from Labor, Meretz, and the Arab parties.
Don’t Know Much About Antiquity
Jul 10, 2019 • 30 min
From tunnels under Silwan to arguments on Twitter, ancient history is in the news in Israel. Host Evan Gottesman speaks with Yonathan Mizrahi, founder and executive director of Emek Shaveh, an Israeli NGO working to stop the politicization of archaeology…
Bahrain Blues / Barak Is Back
Jun 28, 2019 • 46 min
In this week’s episode host Eli Kowaz talks to ALLMEP Executive Director Joel Braunold about the Trump administration’s workshop in Bahrain, and discusses Israeli elections with Policy Director Michael Koplow.
Of Leftists and Liberman
Jun 21, 2019 • 43 min
What’s new in Israeli politics this week? Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss changes on the left, with upcoming Meretz and Labor primaries to the restoration of the Joint List, as well as Avigdor Liberman’s growing momentum.
Israeli Party Primaries and Partial Annexation
Jun 13, 2019 • 30 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss Labor and Meretz primaries, Arab party politicking, and an apparently endorsement of partial unilateral West Bank annexation from American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
Synagogue and State
Jun 6, 2019 • 38 min
Host Eli Kowaz talks synagogue and state with Uri Keidar, the executive director of Israel Hofsheet, an organization dedicated to advancing cultural and religious pluralism in Israel.
Israeli Election Insights with Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin
Jun 5, 2019 • 34 min
Today’s episode of Israel Policy Pod features highlights from our latest Israeli elections briefing, featuring Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, a policy analyst and public opinion expert who has advised five Knesset campaigns, as well as electoral and civil society…
Israeli Elections 2019, Take Two
May 29, 2019 • 21 min
Policy Director Michael Koplow speaks with host Evan Gottesman about Israel’s second election of 2019. Plus, a dispatch from Communications Director Eli Kowaz in Tel Aviv.
West Bank Annexation: Regional Ramifications
May 28, 2019 • 68 min
Host Evan Gottesman speaks with Tamara Cofman Wittes of the Brookings Institution about how West Bank annexation would play out
What’s the Deal With the Ultimate Deal?
May 24, 2019 • 40 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz get to the heart of the incoming Trump administration “ultimate deal” plan; plus, an original Eurovision song mashup from Eli.
Immunity, Coalition, Netanyahu, Eurovision
May 17, 2019 • 21 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz discuss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s troubled pursuit of immunity from prosecution.
Israel: Lost in Gaza?
May 9, 2019 • 34 min
Evan Gottesman speaks to Israel Policy Forum’s Israel Fellow Nimrod Novik, a former senior foreign policy adviser to Shimon Peres, about Israel’s strategy in Gaza and why Palestinians and Israelis keep returning to brief (but costly) exchanges over the…
Death and [Palestinian] Taxes
May 3, 2019 • 25 min
The Palestinian Authority is rejecting tax transfers from Israel. Why?
Netanyahu and Annexation: Where Do Israelis Really Stand?
Apr 24, 2019 • 32 min
Israel Policy Pod host Evan Gottesman speaks with Israeli pollster Camil Fuchs (Channel 13) to get a clearer sense of where the Israeli public truly stands regarding Benjamin Netanyahu and West Bank annexation.
Knesset Elections: The Week After
Apr 16, 2019 • 22 min
One week after Israelis voted for their next government, hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz break down election results and discuss the road ahead, with special focus on issues like West Bank annexation and tensions between the ultra-Orthodox parties and…
Election Day Is Here
Apr 8, 2019 • 28 min
Eli Kowaz hosts Walla News Political Correspondant Tal Shalev to preview Israeli election day.
Israel, Illiberal: Is the Jewish State in Democratic Decline?
Apr 5, 2019 • 44 min
Is Israel becoming increasingly illiberal? On the eve of Israeli elections, host Evan Gottesman puts the question to Tamara Cofman Wittes and Yael Mizrahi-Arnaud, authors of the new Brookings Institution study “Is Israel in Democratic Decline?” (read…
Coalition Calculations
Apr 2, 2019 • 30 min
Host Eli Kowaz is joined by Policy Director Michael Koplow to discuss different scenarios for Israeli election outcomes as the Knesset campaign enters its final week.
From Gaza to the Golan
Mar 27, 2019 • 24 min
Executive Director David A. Halperin and Policy Director Michael Koplow talk conflict in Gaza and American recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan — and how these issues square with Israeli voters in the lead-up to April 9’s Knesset election.
3 Weeks To Go
Mar 21, 2019 • 25 min
After a rough political week for Benny Gantz, Walla’s Tal Shalev joins host Eli Kowaz to talk about where things stand three weeks before Israelis head to the polls.
Bibi’s American Campaign
Mar 15, 2019 • 34 min
Hosts Eli Kowaz and Evan Gottesman discuss the American angle to Netanyahu’s pursuit of reelection.
Netanyahu Indictment Announcement: Will it Swing Israel’s Election?
Mar 4, 2019 • 35 min
Hosts Eli Kowaz and Evan Gottesman assess whether the Israeli attorney general’s announcement of his intention to indict Benjamin Netanyahu in three corruption cases can swing the April Knesset election.
Deal or No Deal
Feb 27, 2019 • 27 min
Executive Director David A. Halperin and Policy Director discuss the impact of the Trump administration’s long-rumored “Ultimate Deal” on Israeli elections. The big question in the room is: deal or no deal?
It’s My Party: The Israel Policy Pod Political Party Primer
Feb 22, 2019 • 61 min
Host Evan Gottesman and Policy Director Michael Koplow give an overview of the various Israeli political parties running in the 2019 Knesset elections.
A Podcast About a Podcast
Feb 20, 2019 • 31 min
Israel Policy Forum Executive Director David A. Halperin and Policy Director Michael Koplow join the podcast to talk about another podcast’s take on Israel and what they think it missed.
Deadline Week
Feb 18, 2019 • 30 min
Eli Kowaz hosts Tal Shalev of Walla News to discuss Israeli elections and the crucial week ahead approaching the party list registration deadline on Thursday.
Gantz Fever
Jan 31, 2019 • 35 min
Hosts Eli Kowaz and Evan Gottesman take a look at Benny Gantz’s debut speech and what it says about the state of Israeli politics.
It’s Breakup Season
Jan 6, 2019 • 25 min
Eli Kowaz and Evan Gottesman discuss the recent breakups in Israeli politics as we approach April elections.
Israeli Elections
Dec 28, 2018 • 26 min
On the last podcast of the year (for real this time) Eli hosts Walla News Political Correspondent Tal Shalev to talk about the recently-announced April 9th elections.
BaShana HaBa’a: Predictions for 2019
Dec 21, 2018 • 40 min
Will Trump reveal his “ultimate deal?” Will Netanyahu break Ben-Gurion’s record as Israel’s longest serving Prime Minister? In our last episode of the year, Eli hosts Policy Director Michael Koplow to discuss predictions for 2019.
One-State Reality
Dec 13, 2018 • 32 min
Hosts Evan Gottesman and Eli Kowaz talk about the rise of West Bank terror in recent weeks and months and what it tells us about a future one-state reality.
Last Week in Israel
Nov 27, 2018 • 46 min
A summary of the last week’s Israeli political news
The Blue and White After the Blue Wave
Nov 7, 2018 • 25 min
As the dust settles from the 2018 U.S. congressional midterm elections, Israel Policy Forum Policy Director Michael Koplow joins host Evan Gottesman to break down the future of American policy on Israel and the changing approaches the Democratic and…
Welcoming the Stranger
Nov 2, 2018 • 18 min
Host Evan Gottesman speaks with HIAS Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy Naomi Steinberg.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Oct 24, 2018 • 23 min
A discussion on the closure of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.
Preventing Palestine
Sep 20, 2018 • 54 min
The Camp David Accords, Israel-Egypt Treaty, and Oslo Accords produced some of the most widely celebrated moments in Arab-Israeli diplomacy. But what if these arrangements complicated things for future generations of Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans?…
Is American Aid to the Palestinians Over?
Aug 30, 2018 • 40 min
Is American aid for the Palestinians over?
Druze Blues
Aug 15, 2018 • 14 min
Hosts Eli Kowaz and Evan Gottesman discuss the nation-state law with IDF Brig. Gen. (res.) Amal Asad. Special thanks to Shanie Reichman for English-language voice-over.
The Ins and Outs of Gaza
Aug 2, 2018 • 30 min
Israel Policy Pod host Evan Gottesman speaks with Tania Hary, executive director of Gisha, an Israeli NGO working to improve Palestinian freedom of movement in and out of Gaza.
Birthright and the Nation-State Law
Jul 20, 2018 • 34 min
Eli and Evan discuss the nation-state law passed by the Knesset and Birthright walkouts by American Jews with Israeli journalist Allison Kaplan Sommer.
Is There a Plan B?
Jul 13, 2018 • 26 min
Hosts Eli Kowaz and Evan Gottesman are joined by Israel Policy Forum’s Israel Fellow Nimrod Novik to discuss the Trump administration peace plan and debate whether the administration has a Plan B.
The Situation On The Ground
Jun 29, 2018 • 32 min
Israel Policy Forum Executive Director David A. Halperin returns from the organization’s leadership delegation to Israel and the West Bank and shares his impressions abut conditions on the ground and the launch of the 50 Steps Before The Deal initiative.
Settlements, Diaspora, and Demography
Jun 14, 2018 • 52 min
Oxford University’s Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn, author of “City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement,” joins the podcast to share her expertise on the state of the settlement enterprise in the occupied territories, the American role…
Securing Southern Syria
Jun 6, 2018 • 42 min
Eli and Evan are joined by Elizabeth Tsurkov, a research fellow at Israel’s Forum for Regional Thinking, to talk about developments with Israel, Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime in southern Syria.
Jerusalem Syndrome
May 30, 2018 • 45 min
Lior Schillat of the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research joins Eli and Evan to talk about the new development plan for East Jerusalem, recently approved by the Israeli cabinet.
Rules of Engagement
May 22, 2018 • 23 min
Pnina Sharvit Baruch joins Eli and Evan to talk about the IDF’s conduct responding to the Gaza demonstrations.
The Art Of Leaving The Deal
May 11, 2018 • 24 min
A discussion on the U.S. exit from the Iran deal.
Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis
Apr 18, 2018 • 45 min
An overview of the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip
State with No Army, Army with No State
Apr 3, 2018 • 46 min
Neri Zilber joins Eli and Evan to break down misconceptions about the Palestinian Authority Security Force (PASF). Read Neri Zilber and Ghaith Al-Omari’s full report “State with No Army, Army with No State:” LINK: ipf.li/pasfreport
On Israeli Leadership
Mar 26, 2018 • 49 min
This week’s episode features Israel Policy Forum’s 2018 Joseph Forum - a distinguished panel on Israel leadership held this past week at the Harmonie Club in New York City featuring Dr. Anita Shapira, Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich, and Rabbi Daniel…
A New Strategy for an Era of Change
Mar 15, 2018 • 34 min
Former Israeli National Security Adviser Chuck Freilich joins Eli Kowaz and Evan Gottesman Israel’s security strategy or lack thereof.
The End of the Netanyahu Years?
Feb 16, 2018 • 24 min
Israel Policy Forum’s Eli Kowaz and Evan Gottesman talk about Benjamin Netanyahu’s future after the Israel Police’s indictment recommendation with Ben Caspit, a senior journalist for Ma’ariv and Al-Monitor and author of the new book The Netanyahu Years.
Arab Acquaintances
Dec 18, 2017 • 60 min
Eli Kowaz and Noa Shusterman talk with Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, about Israel’s emerging relationships with the Arab world and the impact of Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.
The Soviet-Israeli War
Dec 8, 2017 • 30 min
Dr. Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez of the Hebrew University’s Truman Institute join Israel Policy Forum’s Eli Kowaz and Evan Gottesman to discuss their new book, “The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973: The U.S.S.R.’s Military Intervention In The…
“A National Home”: Balfour’s Centenary
Nov 17, 2017 • 31 min
IPF’s Noa Shusterman and Adam Basciano speak with Michael Davies, a British high-school history teacher, about the Balfour Declaration’s role in modern British society and the challenge of tackling this controversial issue in the classroom.
Behind the Smiles: Is Reconciliation for Real?
Nov 9, 2017 • 25 min
IPF’s Noa Shusterman and Adam Basciano talk with Ghaith al-Omari, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute and the former executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine, about the nature of the Palestinian reconciliation process and how…
The Moderate Majority
Oct 27, 2017 • 20 min
Eli and Noa host Polly Bronstein, CEO and founder of Darkenu, a grassroots movement aiming to mobilize Israel’s “moderate majority.”
Humanity First: Israeli-Syrian Cooperation to Aid Refugees
Oct 4, 2017 • 25 min
Matzav Podcast hosts Shadi Martini, Director of Humanitarian Relief and Regional Relations to the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, to discuss the crisis in Syria and how it effects local views on Israel.
Game of Thrones: The Struggle over Abbas’ Succession
Sep 28, 2017 • 24 min
Matzav Podcast hosts Grant Rumley to discuss the contenders in the race to become the next PA President and what it means for Israel.
Neighborhood Watch: Israel’s Regional Threats
Sep 20, 2017 • 28 min
How can Israel best limit Iran’s influence in Syria? How would Trump backing out of the JCPOA effect Israel? Eli and Noa host Professor Chuck Freilich, the former deputy national security advisor of Israel to discuss Israel’s regional security.
The Last Palestinian
Sep 13, 2017 • 28 min
Eli and Noa host Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon to discuss their book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas.
The Sound of Silence: Netanyahu and the Condemnation that Wasn’t
Aug 25, 2017 • 40 min
Former Consul General of Israel in New York, Alon Pinkas, joins Eli Kowaz and Noa Shusterman to talk about Netanyahu’s inaction in the face of blatant anti-Semitism, and its influence on Israel-diaspora relations.
Back in the Middle East: Are Greenblatt and Kushner Bringing Good News?
Aug 18, 2017 • 30 min
Jason Greenblatt, Jared Kushner, Dina Powell head to Israel later this month as part of Trump’s search of reaching the ‘ultimate deal’. Former US diplomat Scott Lasensky joins IPF’s Eli Kowaz and Noa Shusterman to discuss the upcoming visit and US…
Israel and Jordan: It’s Complicated
Aug 4, 2017 • 28 min
IPF Israel Fellow and former advisor to Shimon Peres Nimrod Novik joins Eli Kowaz and Noa Shusterman to talk about the diplomatic crisis between Israel and Jordan.
Incitement: A Palestinian Perspective
Jul 27, 2017 • 22 min
As Palestinians riot amidst the Temple Mount crisis, Israeli government ministers point the blame at Palestinian incitement. Samer Makhlouf, CEO of Zimam (a progressive Palestinian grassroots movement), joined us in our New York studio to discuss the…
A United Jerusalem?
Jul 21, 2017 • 23 min
Lior Schillat, Director General of The Jerusalem Institute of Policy Research, joins IPF’s Eli Kowaz and Noa Shusterman in New York to discuss the proposed amendment to the Jerusalem bill and the latest unrest on the Temple Mount.