The “988 acres of land” edition – The Promised Podcast‏


Allison, Don and Noah discuss three topics of incomparable importance, and end with an anecdote each about something in Israel that made them smile this week.


.988 acres of land

Israel has announced the takeover of 988 acres of land belonging to five Palestinian villages in the Etzion settlement bloc, clearing the way for a new settlement named Gvaot. Why did the cabinet decide to expropriate these lands at this moment?



Why are Bibi’s approval ratings in free-fall?

According to a recent poll, PM Netanyahu’s approval ratings have taken a sharp dip, the acceleration of a trend that started six weeks ago. Why the plummeting popularity, and what about the political consequences?


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.The ‘Annual State of the Schools’ (ASS) assessment

Israeli kids receive more hours of schooling than those in most OECD countries, but what do they get to show for it? We discuss what works and doesn’t work in Israeli schools at the moment.



A potpourri of great, classic kids’ music, in honor of the start of school:

Ha-Keves Ha-Shisha Asar – Reamim U-Vrakim
Yehudit Ravitz & Yoni Richter – Mah Osot Ha-Ayalot
Matti Caspi – Shir Am Naki
Lahakat Iyam – Kilafty Tapus


Photo: A road sign near the Gush Etzion Junction pointing to a memorial of the three Jewish teenagers, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, who were killed in the West Bank at the beginning of June. Credit: Gershon Elinson/FLASH90.

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