We’re at the home of one of Israel’s most renowned and famous journalists, Gideon Levy. He mostly writes for the liberal newspaper Haaretz about the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
We start off with Gideon’s career path: How did he become a journalist? What views did he have as a young man serving in the IDF after the Six Day War in 1967? Did he expect the occupation to last for decades? Why did Gideon believe there could be a „humane occupation“? Why did Israel occupy Gaza and the Westbank anyway?
Then we turn to Gaza: Why does Gideon call it the „biggest prison in the world“? Why can two million people not get out without a permission from Israel? What does he think about Hamas rockets attacking Israelis?
Why does Gideon say that the train for a two-state solution has left the station? Why is a one-state solution the only solution left on the table? What does Europe have to realize? Why do Israelis have to decide if they want to be a democracy or an „apartheid state“? What does „zionism“ mean to him nowadays?
Gideon also talks extensively about his support for the BDS movement, antisemitism, Roger Waters and the lasting success of Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
This interview was recorded in Tel Aviv on September 3, 2018