The Promised Podcast

The “Where Would We Be Without Camil Fuchs?” Edition

We discuss: 1) The surprising rise in popularity of far-right MK Itamar Ben-Gvir 2) The sudden auto-defenestration of the leaders of the liberal-left Meretz Party 3) Whether video-wedding from Utah finally offer a solution to the religious control of weddings in Israel

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The “Let’s Get Together & Feel Alright!” Edition

We discuss: 1) Biden’s visit and what, if anything, it really means 2) the merger of the centrist Blue & White party and the right-wing New Hope party 3) How the rather 19th century institution of the Maccabiah has survived into the 21st century

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The “There Will Be Blood” Edition

We discuss: 1) PM Yair Lapid’s long strange journey from Tel Aviv clubs to the Premier’s resident 2) Why everyone is suddenly up-in-arms over menstruation and Jewish ritual impurity!

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The “People” Edition

A moment before raucous and contentious elections get underway, we take a moment to think about people who made and make our lives worth living

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The “Going to the Polls!/Not Going to the Poles!” Edition

We discuss: 1) Bennett’s decision to throw in the towel and take the country to new elections 2) Lapid’s decision to cancel all high-school trips to concentration camps in Poland

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The “Illin’?” Edition

We discuss: 1) Whether the time has come for the heads of Israel’s decomposing gov’t to say, “when” 2) Why one ex-PM is suing another ex-PM for defamation of character, and what it says about the character of Israeli politics

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The “Normativities & Their Discontents” Edition

We discuss: 1) The failure of the government to renew the “temporary provisional regulations” that allow settlers to live across the Green Line under Israeli law 2) Israel’s biggest reality show, “Marriage at First Sight,” which just betrothed two hunky, dreamy guys

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The “Jerusalems” Edition

We discuss: 1) A plan to set up Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine by 2030, with schools, hospitals, trains, sewage plants and all the rest 2) How Jerusalem alienates people in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and elsewhere around the country

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The “Thank You for Your Service” Edition

We discuss: 1) MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi quitting the coalition, threatening to topple the gov’t, only to rejoin 3 days later 2) The vicious debate over a bill to pay tuition for discharged combat soldiers 3) Whether Wagner should now be played in Israel

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The “Future of the Past” Edition

We discuss: 1) What an Israeli Jew should make of Nakba Day 2) A shocking report saying that high-tech might be causing Israel all sorts of damage, which is why we need more of it 3) What, if anything, we learn about Zionism and Israeli politics from the book, The Netanyahus

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