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January 3, 2023

Matti Friedman Dialogue

Israel’s new political coalition and the return of Benjamin Netanyahu.


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Matti Friedman

About this episode

Israel - a country founded on secular, European principles - just voted into power the most right wing, religious government in its history. How does Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest serving Prime Minister, keep getting elected? Will this new right-wing religious coalition affect Israeli pluralism and uphold its commitment to democratic principles? And how might this incoming government change the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Canadian-Israeli journalist, author, and op-ed contributor for the New York Times Matti Friedman joins us for an in-depth discussion about the Middle East’s only democracy - and why western assumptions about Israel are nearly always wrong.

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Matti Friedman

“The old European lens that we’ve always used to understand Israel is less and less useful…this country needs to be understood as a country in the middle east, responding to pressures in the region.”

Matti Friedman

“The old European lens that we’ve always used to understand Israel is less and less useful…this country needs to be understood as a country in the middle east, responding to pressures in the region.”

Matti Friedman is an award-winning journalist and author. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, Smithsonian, and elsewhere.  

Matti’s most recent book, Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai, was published in 2022 in the US, Canada, Israel, and Italy. His previous book, Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel, won the 2019 Natan Prize and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War was chosen in 2016 as a New York Times Notable Book and one of Amazon’s 10 best books of the year. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize and the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. 

Matti was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem. 

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