The “Primaries & Calumnies” Edition

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

In Labor
After its recent primaries, does Labor still look like a party that could ever rule Israel again?

Likud: The Screwed, Renewed and Netanyahu’ed
After its recent primaries, has the Likud become a party “of Netanyahu, by Netanyahu and for Netanyahu”?

Fifty Holocausts
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says, in Berlin, dumb*ssedly, that Israel has perpetrated “fifty Holocausts.” What, if anything, do we learn from that about the man and the government he represents?

The Head-Scratching Over How to Translate ממלכתיות
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: The new centrist party with former IDF chiefs-of-staff Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot picks a name that just can’t be translated into English. What the hell does this word that David Ben Gurion made up – mamlakhtiut – mean, and how the hell do we translate it to English?

All this and a full-of-love-and-admiration good-bye to Tzvika Pick!


  • Ahava be-Sof ha-Kayitz
  • Musikah (Ma’alah Ma’alah)
  • Ein Medinah La-Ahavah
  • Ne’esaf Tishrei

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