Background Briefing: November 28, 2023


Tensions Inside Netanyahu’s Cabinet and Between Him and the IDF Leadership


We will begin with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu hosting the Nazi/anti-Semite-friendly Elon Musk whose social media platform is awash with white nationalist hate and extremism that is not just tolerated, but is encouraged by Musk in the name of free speech. Joining us is Dr. Guy Ziv, a professor at the Department of Foreign Policy at American University’s School of International Service and Associate Director of the Meltzer Schwartzberg Center for Israel Studies where he teaches courses on U.S.-Israel relations, and Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. He has worked in the U.S. Department of State, on Capitol Hill, and for leading non-profit organizations that promote American involvement in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking and is the author of Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Peres and Foreign Policy Change in Israel. He has a forthcoming book, out soon, Netanyahu Versus the Generals: The Battle for Israel’s Future and we will discuss tensions inside Netanyahu’s cabinet and between the PM and the IDF leadership.


Hunter Biden Calls the Bluff of the Barking Fool Congressman James Comer


Then we will examine how Hunter Biden is calling the bluff of the absurd House Republican kangaroo court led by the barking fool James Comer by agreeing to testify in public which Comer can’t and won’t agree to. Joining us is Jacob Heilbrunn, the Editor of the National Interest, a non-resident senior fellow at The Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, a columnist for The Spectator and the author They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons and his latest book is available at Amazon, America Last: The Right’s Century-Long Romance With Foreign Dictators. Previously, he was an editorial writer for the LA Times, an editor at the New Republic, and we will discuss his article at The National Interest, “Hunter Biden’s Revenge: He Could Become the ‘Hero’ That Saves Joe Biden.”


Russia’s Penetration of Ukraine’s Leadership Circle For Assassination


Then finally we will look into the poisoning of the wife of the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence and discuss the extent to which Russia has penetrated the leadership circle for assassination and speak with Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Stockholm Free World Forum. A professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University and a member of the Russian academy of Natural Sciences, he worked as a Swedish Diplomat in Moscow and served as an economic advisor to the governments of Russia and Ukraine. His books include Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It and Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The Path From Market Economy to Kleptocracy. We will discuss his article at The Kyiv Post, “Why Ukraine Can and Will Win” and another at The Hill, “Jake Sullivan’s new essay reveals a Biden Administration in denial about Ukraine.”