In this week’s episode I was reunited with my erstwhile co-host Gadi Taub. We discussed the successful Flag Parade in Jerusalem in the context of the Muslim Brotherhood dominated Israeli government, and the previous Netanyahu-led government’s decision to cancel last year’s parade in the face of mass Arab Israeli violence and Hamas’s missile offensive.
We discussed the increasingly palpable atmosphere of rebellion among Arab Israelis in the face of Israel’s elites who refuse to defend the country. As Gadi put it, “If you look at the project of the new elects, what they really mean when they say ‘populism’ is hat they hate the populace. That’s the heart of it.”
From the threat of Israeli Arab rebellion and the betrayal of Israel’s elites, we moved to the state of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ongoing trial for bribery. Over the past six months, the prosecution has brought some 15 witnesses to the stand to make its case that Netanyahu received bribes for regulatory favors. First the claim of bribery fell apart. And over the past month, the claim that he provided regulatory favors has fallen apart. We summarized the state of play in the trial and what now hangs in the balance for Israeli democracy and the criminal justice system.