Nov 5, 2023

Israel-Palestine, the Oct. 7 Intelligence Failure, Gaza, and U.S. Foreign Policy w/ Ex-CIA/State Dept. Analyst Melvin Goodman

Happy to be on the podcast Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael recently.

A podcast where politics, history, and culture are examined from perspectives you may not have considered before. Call it a parallax view.

On this edition of Parallax Views, former CIA and State Department analyst Melvin A. Goodman, known for his book Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence, returns to the program to discuss a number of issues related to the Middle East, Israel/Palestine, and U.S. foreign policy. We begin the conversation by discussing the nature and potential causes for the Israeli intelligence failure of October 7th, 2023, the day that the Hamas attack occurred. From there we delve into a number of different topics including Goodman’s trip to Israel in the 1970s, state terror, Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, the two-state and one-state solutions, how Republicans deal with Israel as compared to Democrats, Biden’s approach to Israel/Palestine, the USS Liberty incident, the bombing/siege of Gaza, pro-Israel lobbying efforts, and much, much more.

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Recent News and Latest Book

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