Scott Horton Interviews Ran HaCohen

Scott Horton, July 22, 2009

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Ran HaCohen, author of the “Letter From Israel” column at, discusses the fascist characteristics of the Israeli state, Obama’s generous concessions on settlements that weaken U.S. leverage, the narrowly defined news spectrum that dominates Israeli media, Gaza’s permanent status as an open air prison and the unlikely prospect of Egypt or Jordan helping Israel by administering Gaza and the West Bank.

MP3 here. (28:16)

Dr. Ran HaCohen was born in the Netherlands in 1964 and grew up in Israel. He has a B.A. in computer science, an M.A. in comparative literature, and a Ph.D. in Jewish studies. He is a university teacher in Israel. He also works as a literary translator (from German, English, and Dutch). HaCohen’s work has been published widely in Israel. “Letter From Israel” appears occasionally at

One Response to “Ran HaCohen”

  1. Following the triumph of democrats over republicans – the latter traditionally favouring a two-state solution – Israeli’s vote in a rightwing government to replace the left-centrist government of Kadima. Kadima which had just incinerated hundreds of children was being replaced by a party heartily populated with less than undesirable figures. Voting in the right insures that any peace negotiations start from the far right and move ever so slowly toward the centre ending in an epic concession on Israel’s part ritually hailed by all western media outlets. This kind of chicanery on Israel’s part will be may even result in a third intifada; which of course will be perfect for Netanyahu, blamed on the Palestinians and used as an excuse to execute more violence.

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