The Take: As Israel unifies, Gaza pays the price

Hamas’ offensive has united Israel’s government and put a stop to months-long opposition protests. Will they reemerge?

An Israeli army self-propelled howitzer fires rounds near the border with Gaza
An Israeli army self-propelled howitzer fires rounds near the border with Gaza in southern Israel on October 11, 2023. [Menahem KAHANA / AFP]

The new Israeli unity government is a sign of how the Hamas offensive has brought together a fractured political scene. It put a stop to weekly antigovernment protests that threatened to topple a government among the most radical in its history, and for Israelis, it has prompted grief, outrage, and an unrestrained military response. Now, Israel’s military is preparing a record 300,000 army reservists for a ground war in Gaza. But anger over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to protect its citizens remains. So as the country prepares for more conflict, where will that anger go?

In this episode: 

  • Oren Ziv (@OrenZiv_), Photojournalist, 972 Magazine
  • Mairav Zonszein (@MairavZ), Senior Israel analyst, International Crisis Group
  • Dror Sadot (@dror_sadot), Spokesperson, B’Tselem

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by David Enders, Khaled Soltan and our host Malika Bilal. Sonia Bhagat and Sarí el-Khalili fact-checked this episode.

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik, and Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera