The Promised Podcast – Segment

Econoclasm

Israel’s most venerable political scientist says that the coronavirus will kill off the country’s neo-liberal economic policy and nudge us towards social democracy. Does he have a point?

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What Gantz Wants, or Is Gantz a Shvantz?

What the hell is behind Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz’s decision to abandon his allies in the center and join Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government as his deputy?

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Too Loyal Opposition?

Most politicians, journalists, professors and other professional gadflies are acting like an “Amen corner” as Prime Minister Netanyahu steers the country through the crisis. Has the time come to be more critical?

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Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow

We survived a near-miss constitutional crisis, as the Chairperson of the Knesset pondered ignoring a ruling of the Supreme Court. Did Israeli democracy just almost shatter into pieces?

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“Torah Protects and Saves”?!?

A revered 92 year old rabbi decided to keep ultra-Orthodox schools open, in defiance of the Prime Minister and Health Minister, because studying Torah is our best protection from the coronavirus. Now what?

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Keeping Tabs

At 1 a.m., Netanyahu’s cabinet decides to grant the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, the power to track COVID-19 sufferers and, along the way, the rest of us, too. Do desperate times demand such desperate measures, or is this a step (way) too far?

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Minority is the New Majority?

Is Benny Gantz right to try to form a “minority government” coalition that would be eleven (count ’em!) votes smaller than the opposition?

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My Corona!

Nowhere in the world responded quicker and more forcefully to the coronavirus than Israel. What’s that tell us about Israel’s political culture?

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What the Hell Happens Next?

Has the time come for Israel’s center-left to accept that Benjamin Netanyahu is going to continue as Israel’s Prime Minister, even as he’s tried for bribery, fraud and corruption?

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