The Promised Podcast

The “Selling Out?” Edition

We discuss 1) Labor Party’s decision to merge with the center-right Gesher party 2) the foreign ministry’s decision to retool its diplomats into economic ambassadors, rather than political ones 3) an advertisement that has half the country wailing and gnashing its teeth about selling out Israeli culture for filthy lucre

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The “And What If You Don’t Will It?” Edition

We discuss 1) signs of a new openness to cooperation between Jews & Arabs on the Left 2) a new book the purpose of which is “reclaiming Judaism from Zionism” in America 3) the legacy of the “Bund” in Israel, on the occasion of the closing of Tel Aviv’s “Bund House”

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The “The Distance from You to Me” Edition

We discuss 1) Ayelet Shaked’s aspirations to lead Israel’s religious right, even though she’s as secular as can be 2) the woes of southern resort city Eilat 3) a week after we buried another Ethiopian kid killed by a police officer, what accounts for our omnipresent racism?

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The “Parties Like It’s 1999” Edition

We discuss 1) the recombobulation of the Left, with reconditioned leaders: Labor’s Amir Peretz, Meretz’s Nitzan Horowitz and Ehud Barak of the no-name-party 2) is anything left of the right-wing Two-State-Solution? 3) whether hummus has a role to play in finding regional peace, following a new book that asserts that it might!

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The “Huddled Masses Yearning for GDP?” Edition

We discuss 1) Blue & White party’s dilemma: Should they attack the ultra-Orthodox, whom they may want as coalition partners after the election? 2) the Trump “Deal of the Century” economic plan unveiled this week 3) the news that the second to last movie theater in Tel Aviv may soon close

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The “Pleas Don’t Please” Edition

We discuss 1) the announcement by Avigdor Lieberman that he’ll force Likud and Blue & White to form a centrist, secular govt. 2) the plea bargain that put an end to Sara Netanyahu’s 4 year long trial for ordering expensive take-out food in contravention of govt. rules 3) on its 100th anniversary, what role does Ha’aretz play in Israeli politics and public life

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The “Labor Savers?” Edition

We discuss 1) who should replace Labor Party head Avi Gabbay 2) new tricked-out hi-tech checkpoints that dramatically reduce the time it takes for Palestinians to enter Israel to work 3) newly appointed Likud Minister of Justice, Amir Ohana, the first out minister in Israel’s history, who was jeered and hounded from the Jerusalem Pride Parade

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The “Money, God and Country” Edition

We discuss 1) the complaint that our do-over elections are costing us a ton of money 2) what accounts for the rise of Milton Friedman style capital-C Conservatism 3) whether or not non-Orthodox Judaism has something to offer Israeli politics

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The “Over Again” Edition

We discuss 1) what the hell happened that set us on the path to new elections (again!) 2) whether the huge demonstration this week set the Center-Left on a new path 3) what we ought to make of the counter-protest that set Jerusalem ultra-Orthodox Jews scurrying, eyes covered, as women took off their tops

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The “Heroes & Beeros” Edition

We discuss 1) what to expect from once-and-future Likud leader, Gideon Sa’ar 2) an ultra-Orthodox boycott of a glass factory that keeps its furnaces glowing on Shabbat 3) the Zionist love affair with Bar Kokhba, who led a 2nd century revolt against the Romans that ended in disaster, and whether it’s time to find new heroes

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