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What Matters Now to Haviv Rettig Gur: Is Netanyahu an obstacle to victory?

ToI’s senior analyst on how the world worries Netanyahu won’t bring peace; Israelis worry he won’t win the war

Welcome to What Matters Now, a weekly podcast exploration of one key issue shaping Israel and the Jewish World — right now.

In his US Senate floor speech last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for new Israeli elections as the war winds down and branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as one of four obstacles to peace along with Hamas, the Israeli far-right and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Throughout the past week, Times of Israel podcast listeners have shared their views on Schumer’s speech — and offered overwhelming support for the most senior US elected Jewish politician’s “hard truths.”

For context, a 2020 Pew Research Center survey shows that among the US population, Jews are among the most consistently liberal and Democratic groups with about 70 percent voting Democrat. As Netanyahu increasingly becomes a partisan issue, the prime minister is also increasingly the face of all that US Jews detest in how Israel is prosecuting the war in Gaza.

This week on What Matters Now, ToI senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur explains how, to a very strong degree, most Israelis don’t disagree with Schumer on several of the points made in his 45-minute speech.

However, in many key areas, Israelis sharply diverge from liberal US Jewry’s thinking, including the need for humanitarian aid in Gaza even as the Israeli hostages are still held by Hamas.

A distrust of Netanyahu is hampering the war effort — especially on the international stage — but also fraying domestic cohesion, argues Rettig Gur.

So this week, we ask Haviv Rettig Gur, what matters now.

What Matters Now podcasts are available for download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. This episode was produced by the Pod-Waves. 

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