The “Parties Like It’s 1999” Edition

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

Parties Like It’s 1999
Israel’s Left recombobulates itself by returning to yesterday’s leaders, all of whom are men. What explains this sudden lurch to the Father-Knows-Best ghosts-of-politics past?

Is a Dream a Lie if it don’t Come True?
Ten years have passed since PM Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed a Palestinian state in his famous “Bar Ilan Speech.” Did that speech have an enduring impact on Israeli politics, or was it just a thing that happened long ago and then dissipated into the fetid vapors of time?

Protean Protein
Is a key to Middle East peace … hummus?

“Radio Silence!”
For our most extremely generous Patreon supporters, we discuss in our extra-special, special extra segment the Supreme Court’s response to a suit brought against an ultra-orthodox radio station by the Reform Movement’s Israel Religious Action Center and the religious feminist group Kolech, hoping to assess against the station for refusing to air women’s voices from 2009 to 2011, a fine so great that the broadcast towers would fall silent forever. The court said, basically, do a brother a solid and let the station survive, and we’ll try to figure out whether a brother who shuts up a sister even deserves a solid.

All this and the power punk joy of Tabarnak and Yishai Berger!

Tabarnak, in honor of Yishai Berger’s terrific set at Levontin 7 last week:

  • Ha-Shir Ha-Chi Tov Hu Ba-Olam
  • Ya Sefel
  • Le-Ha-Eef Mashehu Kmo 400 Taklitim
  • Lihitraot Ya Hnunim

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