The Promised Podcast

Judaeo-Scriptio Continua

Israel’s “New Right” Party launches a campaign proposing that Judaism, Israeli identity and right-wing politics fit together hand-in-glove. Is it gonna get them votes?

The Coalition Prohibition Supposition

No Palestinian-Israeli party has ever joined the country’s ruling coalition. Has the time come to break that taboo?

You’ll Weld ‘til we Tell You to Stop Welding

Are market forces making it impossible for welders, metalsmiths, carpenters, upholsterers, cobblers, tailors, and mechanics to do what they do in Tel Aviv? Is every meter of real estate in the city destined to be fancy housing for rich folks?

The Prime Minister Israel Never Had

Tzipi Livni was almost Prime Minister and, as Foreign Minister, she almost signed a peace accord with the Palestinians. Why, then, do only one in a hundred Israelis support her, bringing her brilliant career to an ignoble end?

They’d Like to Teach the World to Sing

Can a single political party endure with members who are Two-State Solution types and others who are Never-Palestinian-State sorts? The new centrist mega-party “Blue & White” does just that: Is it a civil war in the making?

Bereaved = Beloved?

Few here are as revered as women who have buried sons killed in combat. That’s understandable, but is it also unfair to women?


Should we be concerned about the travails – and the incipient disappearance – of the Labor Party? If so, what, if anything, should we do about it?

Primary Dolours

Effusive reporters described Israeli primaries as a “celebration of democracy.” Others, like former Labor PM Ehud Barak, expressed their antipathy for the process. Are primaries good or bad for Israeli democracy? If not through primaries, then how ought Knesset candidates be chosen?

Our World According to Conan

How do we make sense of Conan O’Brien’s attempt to make sense of Israel?

Being Black

The rage and heartache of Ethiopian-Israelis came front and center as they protest police brutality and so much else. How are we – three white folks – ought to understand their pain and rage?