The Promised Podcast – Full Show

The “Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow” Edition

We discuss: 1) the near-miss constitutional crisis we survived this week, as the Chairperson of the Knesset pondered ignoring a ruling of the Supreme Court 2) whether or not we all ought to withhold criticism and rally behind the PM and support his efforts to fight the virus

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The “Don’t Kiss the Wailing Wall!” Edition

We discuss: 1) the deputization of Blue & White’s Benny Gantz to form a new coalition government 2) the decision to deputize the Shin Bet to track COVID-19 sufferers and, along the way, the rest of us, too 3) the decision of a revered rabbi to keep ultra-Orthodox schools open, in defiance of the Prime Minister and Health Minister

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The “Love in the Time of Corona” Edition

We discuss: 1) What Israel’s hyper-vigilant, forceful response to the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 tells us about our political culture 2) Blue & White’s apparently ill-fated plan to form a minority government

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The “Take a Deep Breath” Edition

We discuss: 1) What, if anything, this week’s elections say about the hearts and minds, hopes and dreams, of Israeli voters, and 2) What ought to happen now, after our about-to-go-on-trial-for-corruption PM almost, but not quite, won a public mandate to continue in office

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The “Crickets” Edition

We discuss: 1) the strange, unnerving quietude enveloping next week’s elections 2) the surge in support among Jews of the mostly Arab-Israeli Joint List, and 3) the surge in support among modern-orthodox and secular Jews of the ultra-Orthodox parties

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The “Getting Blitzed!” Edition

Is Gantz’s strategy for winning voters, “I’m a Mensch, that other guy ain’t, so vote for me”? What’s behind Bibi’s surprisingly positive message to the voters, about how we’re prosperous and things are only getting better? Should the government pay cities to build ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods?

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The “Self-Determination Abnegation?” Edition

Is Bibi’s embrace of Trump’s peace plan a reversal of Israel’s insistence that only it and the Palestinians can resolve the conflict? Was the now overturned decision to outlaw a Palestinian-Israeli lawmaker from running for Knesset fed by misogyny? What does the new “Voice of Women” party offer our body-politic?

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The “Godlessness, in Theory & Practice” Edition

Has the Left sold itself out by failing to fight for secularism? What are we to make of Lieberman and his Yisrael Beiteinu party’s campaign arguing only they can make Israel liberal? What’s behind the Israeli-film-industry boycott-threat on an NGO that dared to help settler filmmakers make settler films?

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The “Bibi’s Busy Week” Edition

What does Trump’s Deal of the Century augur? What does Netanyahu’s retraction of his request for immunity augur? Did Netanyahu display diplomatic brilliance in getting Issachar freed, or did he just become Putin’s bitch?

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The “Challenging Assumptions” Edition

Is former US Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, right that America needs to wean itself off the dream of bringing peace to the Middle East? Do Israelis really vote by straight class-interests, proving identity politics less powerful than we think? Is it finally time to get religion out of politics?

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