The “Courts: Of Public Opinion & the Other Kind” Edition

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.

Lapidary Matters
So maybe Yair Lapid is more than a pretty-boy empty suit?

Day in Court
The International Criminal Court says that Palestine is a state and Israelis must stand trial for war crimes. “Pure anti-semitism,” as PM Netanyahu says? Or something else?

The Revolution Is in the Mail
New political magazines, printed on paper and sent in the mail, hope to foment revolution in Israeli politics. Do they have a chance of influencing people, in an age of Twitter?

The Weirdest Political Ads of the Week (Part 1)
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion, we watch some of the weirdest political ads of the week, and try to understand what they’re trying to tell us.

All that and the beautiful disrespectful covers of old songs by one of Israel’s greatest songwriters, Yankele Rotblit!


  • Yemei Reishit ha-Kayitz, performed by Jango & Or Edri
  • Yesh Li Hulsha le-Rakdanim, performed by Not On Tour
  • Shir la-Shalom, performed by Ha-Ahim Tzabari
  • Yemei ha-Perah ve-ha-Ahavah, performed by Omer Moskovich

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6 comments on “The “Courts: Of Public Opinion & the Other Kind” Edition

  1. Gar says:

    Excellent as always. Allison mentioned her Columbia Journalism School thesis on American Jewry vis a vis Israel, do you know if there’s a copy online? If not, and on theme with the episode, perhaps it has appeared in print in a Jewish magazine?

    1. Allison Kaplan Sommer says:

      Hi Gar!

      I appreciate your interest, but I believe the only copy exists in a box in my home. There was no “online” to put it on back in 1989! (Yes, I’m that old 🙂 )

      All the best,

      1. Gar says:

        Thank you Allison, a pivotal year in geopolitics!
        All the best,

  2. Eva says:

    I can’t find Jango & Or Edri or Ha-Ahim Tzabari on Apple Music. 🙁

    1. Max says:

      Or spotify 🙁

      1. TLV1 says:

        *Ahem Ahem* Some of the perks of being a patron is receiving Spotify and Apple Music links each week.

        That said, here are the links:
        Apple Music

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