We heard from Avi Lipkin last Friday on the inside scoop of Israeli politics. Today we have a different guest to discuss the state of things in Israel following the hostilities with Gaza several weeks ago. Joining us from his home country is David Rubin (shilohisraelchildren.org), Founder and President of the Shiloh Israel Children's Fund and former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He describes the efforts in finally forming a coalition government and what will likely be the policies moving forward for the new Bennett administration. He also looks at how Israel can learn from both its past successes and failures.
Israel just held its fourth election in two years last week and the results appear to be headed toward another stalemate. Author and Middle East expert Avi Lipkin (avilipkin.net) is back with us from Israel to give us the lowdown on how Israel's elections work and where this iteration could be headed. He also analyzes global geopolitics, not only regarding the United States, but also China, Iran, and Russia, and closer to the Middle East – Israel and Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon. He and John discuss the radical changes in policies when U.S. administrations change – something John calls the zig zag wars.
Are Leftism and Islamism cut from the same cloth? Zainab Al-Suwaij (aicongress.org), Founder and Executive Director of the American-Islamic Congress, joins us today to discuss the current state of Islam in the West. She looks at the battle between the religion of Islam and the political Islamists that want to radicalize young men for violence. She also points out that while leftists and Islamists have almost no values in common, they seem to be fellow travelers ideologically when it comes to gaining and holding on to power. In order to talk honestly about all of this, we need to tune out the leftist calls of Islamophobia and focus on reality.