The “The President, the Prime Minister & the General” 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.

The President
Has Israeli President Reuven Rivlin finally solved the ancient riddle: When is a Prime Minister not a Prime Minister?

The Prime Minister
Why o’ why won’t anyone negotiate with poor Prime Minister Netanyahu?

The General
Lt. General Benny Gantz got more votes than anyone else in last month’s elections. So why is he playing rope-a-dope, instead of coming out punching?

Can Benny Gantz Heal the Rift Between U.S. Jews and Israel?
For our most generous Patreon patrons, in our extra-special, special extra segment, we discuss a recent essay in the NY Times by Daniel Gordis, headlined: “Benny Gantz Can’t Heal the Rift between US Jews and Israel.” Its thesis is that American Jews are from progressive Mars and Israeli Jews are from rough-and-tumble, ethno-nationalist Venus. Does he have a point?

All this and music of Renewal and Repentance, for the Days of Awe.


  • El Nora ‘Alila by Netta Alkayam
  • Adon ha-Selihot by Yesh La Chaver
  • Keter Melucha by Yoni Genut, with Yishai Rivo, Ilan Damari, and Roey Adari
  • Seder ha-‘Avodah by Yishai Ribo

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1 comment on “The “The President, the Prime Minister & the General” Edition

  1. Adam Roberts says:

    Great as ever

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