Today on So Much to Say with host Allison Kaplan Sommer:

1. Israel and its supporters are up in arms following remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry that a stalemate in the peace process would isolate Israel internationally.
  • Yael Patir, director of the Israel program for JStreet, on why he’s not saying anything earth-shattering.
  • Jeff Daube, director of Israel office for Zionists of America, says that Kerry is employing futile scare tactics.
2. A left-leaning think tank has revealed that NIS 150 million “security grant” for West Bank settlements has been used by Yesha Council, the settlers’ umbrella lobby, for political campaigns.
  • Michael Manekin, the director of Molad – the Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy, on how the settlers put their own interests before those of the nation.
3. The Kehilat Raanan synagogue in the city of Raanana, a bastion of Anglo immigrants, has been defaced by apparently radical Orthodox vandals.
  • Rabbi Tamar Kohlberg, leader of the congregation, on who might be coming after them and why they won’t be deterred.
4. Eminent singer Achinoam Nini has caused a stir when she refused to receive an award together with Ariel Zilber, a veteran singer known for his far-right views.
  • Einav Schiff, arts and culture commentator for Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, on why mixing arts and politics is a safe recipe for public outrage.
5. Illustrious film director Woody Allen is marred by molestation allegations, after his step-daughter repeats decades-old charges in a letter to a prominent journalist.
  • Hannah Brown, film critic for the Jerusalem Post, on how it throws us back to old questions of whether art could be separated from the artist.



Jennifer Lopez – If You Had My Love

Moshe Peretz – Maybe Tonight (Ulay Halayla)

Red Band & Ester Rada – Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Shakira – Whenever, Wherever

James Blunt – Bonfire Heart

Teapacks feat. Alma Zak – Flower of the Hoods (Perach Haschonnot)

Dana International – There Are Girls (Yeshnan Banot)

Enrique Iglesias – Bailamos


Photo by US Dept. of State