We discuss 1) the Nation-State Law, enacted after 7 years of debate, amendment, and watering down 2) the decision of 2 environmental NGOs to support building an offshore gas rig, and 3) with Israeli shows reaching Broadway and our Netflix cue, how did Israel go from being a “Start-Up Nation” to becoming a “Stage and Screen Nation”?
The Promised Podcast
We discuss 1) the declaration by the PM of Israel and Poland that absolves Poles of responsibility for the murder of Polish Jews during WWII, 2) a group of religious folks setting up shop in a Tel Aviv neighborhood in order to bring the natives some Yiddishkeit, and 3) what are sports good for, in a Jewish State.
We discuss 1) the scumbaggery of the Labor Party, paying for FB pages to trash political rival Yair Lapid 2) was Bibi right when he said leftists are just sour-pussed nattering nabobs of negativism?, and 3) why Israel has so many summer camps.
We discuss 1) the indictment of Sara Netanyahu for charging taxpayers $100k worth of take-out 2) the election of Isaac Herzog to head the Jewish Agency, and 3) whether Israel’s gov. ought to prop up no-longer-economic heritage practices for the sake of preserving old ways-of-life?
We discuss 1) an essay describing Netanyahu’s use of the threat of Iran’s nuclearization to solidify relations with the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, 2) the decision by a university dept. not to end graduation with Hatikvah, out of concern for non-Jewish students, and (3) the efforts of some leftist American young people to get “the Palestinian narrative” into the Zionist summer camp curriculum
We discuss 1) whether calling the flaming kites from Gaza “terror kites” distorts and cheapens the word “terror”, 2) the controversy over a musical featuring songs by Eyal Golan, accused of having consensual sex with underaged girls, and 3) whether we need “secular politics” that advance a “secular agenda” in Israel’s upcoming local elections.
We discuss 1) a plan to annex some settlement blocks and freeze others in West Bank as a unilateral step towards accommodation with the Palestinians 2) the Argentinian National Football team’s decision not to come play a match against Israel, and 3) Michael Chabon’s commencement address arguing in favor of intermarriage and against Zionism.
We discuss 1) a poll finding that Israelis think our gov shouldn’t care what American Jews think we should do, 2) a parody of Israel’s Eurovision-winning song that smells like anti-semitism, and 3) Lockheed-Martin’s philanthropic decision to open high-techy kindergartens in Jerusalem.
We discuss 1) why Israelis favor 2-4 political parties instead of 11 in today’s Knesset, 2) whether we are sorting ourselves according to political beliefs, and 3) why the promotion of a gay IDF officer to Major-General is a cause for concern to some radical LGBTQ activists.
We discuss 1) the clashes at the Gaza Border, in which IDF soldiers killed 61 Palestinians, while the new American Embassy was being dedicated in Jerusalem, 2) Jerusalem’s decision to ban a right-wing billboard for incitement, even as Tel Aviv-Jaffa allowed the billboards to dapple the city, and 3) why so many leftists responded to Netta Barzilai’s Eurovision song contest victory with mirthless bah-humbug-itude.