The Promised Podcast

The “Us & the Others” Edition

We discuss 1) a documentary about a leftist from Tel Aviv who sets up cameras in Tekoa, interviewing settlers who wander into her frame 2) surveys showing that Israelis prefer not to have anything to do with folks with disabilities 3) a proposed law that would require ISP’s to block porn sites unless explicitly asked not to

The “What?!? Some Europeans Don’t Like Jews?!?” Edition

We discuss 1) the complicated Mid-East legacy of US President George H.W. Bush 2) a poll finding that just over half of Europeans think Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state 3) a cache of old photos purloined from Israel’s archives and select some of our favorites

The “AirBDS?” Edition

We discuss 1) Airbnb kicking Jewish settlers off their site 2) whether West Bank Palestinians working in Israel is a path to peace or a path to maintain the status quo 3) how a majority of Israelis will have no choice but to live in skyscrapers in 2050.

The “Sometimes They’ll Give a War and Nobody Will Come” Edition

We discuss 1) Bibi’s decision not to go to war 2) what is happening on the further reaches of Israel’s right, after the expected war was cancelled 3) the “theory-of-change” of the Women Wage Peace movement

The “Mourning in America” Edition

We discuss 1) what some see as an insulting attempt by Israeli politicians to turn the mass-murder in Pittsburgh into an opportunity to suck up to Trump 2) a new combative attitude on Israel’s left about the lessons of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination 3) the shocking victory of a feminist mayoral candidate in a majority ultra-orthodox town

The “Peace Happens” Edition

Former First Minister Peter Robinson and Rev. Gary Mason discuss what they think Israelis and Palestinians can learn from Northern Ireland. Then Rabbi, MK and Minister Michael Melchior explains why he believes religion is not a barrier to peace between Jews and Palestinians

The “Love’s ‘lections Lost” Edition

We discuss 1) what it may mean that rabbis did not protest the passage of a very liberal abortion law 2) whether we need more professorial types in politics 3) why Israeli parents are so unworried about dangers facing their kids out and about in the world

The “Gaga for the GA!” Edition

We discuss 1) Why have we Jews started to surveil and troll each other when we disagree about Israel? 2) Is it time to stick a fork in “Jewish Values”? 3) Are efforts to de-zionize Jewish culture a cause for celebration or mourning?

The “Salts of the Earth” Edition

We discuss 1) the enthusiasm polled for Lt. General Benny Gantz, who may soon be one of Israel’s most powerful politicians 2) the celebrity wedding between a Muslim news anchor and a Jewish actor 3) plans to create “Jerusalem 2.0”

The “Jewesses Packing Heat” Edition

We discuss 1) a report revealing that 32% of elderly Israelis report frequent or occasional feelings of loneliness 2) how there’s something majorly messed up about how men think about Jewish women (especially those with guns) 3) whether it’s really so great a thing for Tel Aviv-Jaffa to be hosting the expensive, disruptive Eurovision next May