The Promised Podcast

Dining Out on Sacred Cow – The Promised Podcast‏

A Knesset member put forth a proposal to end the draft in favor of an all-volunteer army, but most Israelis are against it. Apart from the more practical considerations, canceling the draft would undermine Israeli society’s romantic and nationalistic image of the army as a melting pot and expression of citizenship.

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For richer or poorer, for better or verse – The Promised Podcast‏

Is Tel Aviv winning the European basketball championship “proof that Zionism has failed?” Should the minimum wage be boosted by a third? Why is Israel awash with poetry? Plus, new searing protest music by David Broza!

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The conflict? There’s an app for that now – The Promised Podcast‏

An iPhone app that puts the dispossession of Palestinian homes and villages into your pocket? Declaring the Talmud as “the basis of the Israeli legal system”? Is Israel on the way to becoming ungovernable? All on this week’s Promised Podcast!

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Drawing lines & drawing conclusions – The Promised Podcast‏

Why is the American Jewish Establishment keeping J-Street out of the club? And why are “alternative” ceremonies pissing off the Israeli Jewish establishment?

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Shutting down, mouthing off & paying up – The Promised Podcast‏

Is the Palestinian Authority shutting down, mind-melding with Hamas, or what? Why does the new strongman Rabbi atop the ultra-orthodox Shas party think that all the rest of us are ignoramuses? Could it be, like the OECD claims, that Israel is “the land of low taxes”? Plus, the new album by indie demi-god Uzi Ramirez, on The Promised Podcast.

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Peace, Prosperity and Philanthropy – The Promised Podcast‏

Should the IDF rely on donations to buy soldiers basic stuff like boots and socks? Is the peace process breathing its last? Should be we outraged that CEOs make 76 times what the rest of us make?

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We Need the Bread, Man! – The Promised Podcast‏

Why do more than 900,000 Israelis go to bed hungry? Is there a “character problem” in Israeli politics? Should store shelves stock sourdough on Passover?

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How do you solve a problem like corruption? – The Promised Podcast‏

Will Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s proposal to exchange whole blocs of populations help the peace process or hurt it? How do you prevent corruption without destroying Israeli social networks? Why do Israeli parents let their kids play with fire and take candy from strangers?

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Who needs ‘protektzia’ when you’ve got influence? – The Promised Podcast‏

Is a massive move to the center going to change Israeli politics beyond recognition? How did Ehud Barak earn $10 million in the six years after he was Prime Minister and before he was Defense Minister, and who was he beholden to? Should free newspapers be banned, as a proposed law would have it? All this and more on The Promised Podcast.

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