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"Wake" with Luke Vargas

Wake with Luke Vargas is an hour-long weekly radio broadcast that explores how overseas developments affect the United States. 

Launched in 2017 by Luke Vargas, TMN's chief foreign correspondent, Wake aims to introduce American news audiences to pressing global developments likely to impact domestic policy, but which may not dominate the cable news cycle.

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Oct 12, 2017

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the U.N. General Assembly last month he said Israel’s global standing has never been higher:

“After 70 years, the world is embracing Israel, and Israel is embracing the world.”

Netanyahu said relations with the US are at new highs, and that in the past year he’d visited six continents to improve Israel’s diplomatic ties. Relations with Egypt are on the mend, and there’s even talk of secret diplomatic channels opening with Saudi Arabia.

This week on Wake we’re looking at the state of Israel’s foreign relations and exploring the true impact of what some have called Netanyahu’s global “charm offensive.” 

This week's expert panel features:

  • Chuck Freilich, former Israeli deputy national security advisor and senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center.
  • Ben Caspit, columnist and author of the new book, “The Netanyahu Years,”

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Recorded October 12, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.