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Israel’s war on Gaza is now in its sixth month. And with the Palestinian death toll well over 30,000, many voices are now describing Israel’s campaign as a genocide. Amid the mass carnage, famine also looms or has already begun in parts of Gaza — a region that’s home to more than two million people.

Alongside this unfolding catastrophe, there’s talk of the day after — of who will enforce control or rule Gaza if and once the Israeli military campaign ends, and what kind of political future awaits the Palestinian people.

These questions have been the subject of conversations in Washington, Ramallah, Cairo, and elsewhere in the Middle East. And they’re the subject of the latest episode of our flagship global affairs podcast, The Pivot.

Listen to this episode of The Pivot on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Audacy, Castbox, iHeart Radio, Overcast, PandoraPocket CastsSpotify, TuneIn Radio, or YouTube Music.

In this episode, we’re joined by Khalil Sayigh, a political analyst born and raised in Gaza and the co-founder of the Agora Initiative.

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Khalil offers a unique perspective. He’s a Palestinian Christian, who — until recently — was involved in work with pro-Israel advocacy groups. And so in this episode, we’ll not only talk about how his family back home is doing and his assessment of Gaza’s future, but we’ll also get his perspective on the response of Christian Zionists in the U.S. to the mass killings of Palestinians — and the existential threat that Palestinian Christians face.

Episode Description

Khalil Sayegh of the Agora Initiative joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss conditions on the ground in Gaza, what kind of political future awaits the Palestinian people, and his views on the response of Christian Zionists in the U.S. to the mass killings of Palestinians.

Guest Bio

Khalil Sayegh is a political analyst focused on Palestinian politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is also the co-founder of the Agora Initiative. Khalil holds a master’s degree in political science from the American University in Washington, DC, where he researched democratization in the Middle East and political violence.

Arif Rafiq is the editor of Globely News. Rafiq has contributed commentary and analysis on global issues for publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New Republic, the New York Times, and POLITICO Magazine.

He has appeared on numerous broadcast outlets, including Al Jazeera English, the BBC World Service, CNN International, and National Public Radio.

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