Fear and loathing at the UN – 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.


A tale of two speeches: Fear and loathing at the UN

In the last few days, PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu have given speeches to the United Nations General Assembly. Which speech was more depressing, and should we even care about what was said?



How Supreme a Court?

Over the past two weeks, the Israeli Supreme Court has angered many with its rulings on ‘admission committees’ and the Holot detention facility for illegal immigrants. Does the Supreme Court overreach or should judicial activism be encouraged?


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The cry of the silenced

We discuss journalist Mairav Zonszein’s New York Times op-ed, ‘How Israel Silences Dissent’: Have dissenters in Israel really been silenced in any meaningful way? Or have they just failed to work out what they should be saying and how they should be saying it?



All songs by Hadara Levine Areddy (in honor of her cool show this week at Levontin 7):

Wedding Song

Not Another Sad Song

Anything More (with Duvid Swirsky)

Mishehu Pa’am Ahav Oti


Photo: PA President Abbas (L) listens to Israeli PM Netanyahu at the White House, September 1, 2010. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

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