The “Dilemmas, Prisoner & Other” Edition

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

Prisoner’s Dilemma
A new Israeli proposal to bring home hostages puts the brakes on the war and signs some sort of pact with the Saudis. So why are religious-Zionists, most of all, opposing it?

Same Same (But Different)
New Supreme Court petitions might force the army to conscript Haredim. Has the war changed things enough that we can now solve the oldest, hardest problem of Israeli politics?

Taking a Break By Going Abroad
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: After eight months of war, what’s it like for an Israeli to get on a plane to somewhere, anywhere, else? What’s it like to come back?

Plus, an appreciation of David Levy, being Israeli in Japan, and a new old museum in Tel Aviv. And more music of our times.


  • Binyamin Luria — Bayom Ha-hu
  • Liran Danino — Im Mahar Ani Met
  • Jane Bordeau — Apocalypsa

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