Episodes

The “Ghosts” Edition

We discuss: 1) What to make of several men admitting, in a new docu, that when they were soldiers in the 1948 war they saw, or took part in, war crimes 2) A new TV docudrama revisiting a controversy that roiled the country eight years ago

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Stay a While

Are some Israeli politicians right to worry that if Israelis can enter the U.S. without a visa, some of them will never come back?

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The Ideology of No Ideology

Israel’s new pandemic policy seems to be, “Do what you think is best.” Is Israel having the most free-marketty, Adam-Smithian, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps moment in our almost 74 year history?

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Can’t Spell ‘Plea Bargain’ Without ‘Rage’ and ‘Pain’

Why are so many people so mad about a possible plea bargain that would keep former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu out of both jail and the Knesset?

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The “Can’t Spell ‘Plea Bargain’ Without ‘Rage’ and ‘Pain’” Edition

We discuss: 1) The outrage over a plea deal for former PM Netanyahu 2) What’s behind the government’s new pandemic policy 3) A report that Israeli politicians may be dragging their feet negotiating blanket Visa exemptions for Israelis in the US

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I’m Not Built For This

An Argentinean architect listener of the podcast wrote to say that we had to do an episode about the word לבנות (livnot), which means to build. We don’t have it in us to tear down his hopes. So today we check out the root בנה

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The Erratic Pulse of Israeli Democracy

Professor Tamar Hermann discusses fresh findings from the annual Israel Democracy Index of 2021, including low optimism for the general future of the country, declining trust in public institutions, and ongoing polarization of public attitudes

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We’ve Only Just Begun

Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party celebrate ten years in politics, longer than any centrist party ever survived the rough-and-tumble of Israeli politics. What is the secret of their success?

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In the Heights

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett exults that “This is the moment of the Golan Heights.” But should it be?

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Memorial Matters

There never was, and will never be, anyone like Yoram Taharlev, May his Memory Be for a Blessing

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