Last week, Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric known as “the Butcher of Tehran” for having overseen thousands of executions, was chosen to succeed Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s president. Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of AJC’s Brussels-based Transatlantic Institute, joins us to discuss what Raisi’s selection means for the future of Iran and ongoing nuclear talks.

Over in Israel, the country’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, has reportedly met several times in recent months with leading public Israeli intellectual Micah Goodman, who previously sat down with us on the podcast. Listen as Goodman discusses his book Catch-67, which focuses on “decreasing the conflict” until a permanent deal can be reached. 

Please note that this episode contains depictions of violence that some people may find disturbing. 

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Episode Lineup

  • (0:41) Daniel Schwammenthal (Please note that this segment contains depictions of violence that some people may find disturbing.)
  • (14:53) Micah Goodman
  • (30:46) Manya Brachear Pashman
  • (33:42) Seffi Kogen

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