Israel

House and Home

This episode features true stories on the theme “House and Home” as told by Linda Lovitch, Tova Kamioner, Nora El Zokm, Milton Roller, Elana Dorfman, and Sharon Goldfarb.

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Next Station-Stop Is…

Who should decide the names of the stops on Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s new light rail system: bureaucrats, corporate overlords, or local residents?

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Teacher, Is the Prime Minister a Crook?

A kindergarten teacher posts a viral video of her taking down a classroom photo of PM Netanyahu because in her classroom, men charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust are not honored. How are teachers and principals supposed to deal with the sad spectacle of a Prime Minister under multiple indictments?

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Mano a Mano?

Is the solution to Israel’s electoral crisis, a winner-take-all, Mano-a-Mano personal run-off between PM Netanyahu and Lt. General Gantz?

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The “Teacher, Is the Prime Minister a Crook?” Edition

We discuss 1) the idea of having a winner-take-all run-off between Netanyahu & Gantz 2) whether and how educators ought to address the sad spectacle of a PM under multiple indictments 3) who should decide the names of the stops on Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s new light rail system

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Quid Pro Squat?

Alan Dershowitz and other legal scholars say the Israeli Attorney General is wrong to criminalize the complicated relationships between politicians and journalists, and should not indict PM Netanyahu for trying to charm and cajole journalists into giving him better coverage (and also, to make-it-worth-their-while). Might they have a point?

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Et Tu, Gideon?

“The Likud is a family, and you do not betray your family.” So tweets the party spokesperson to a member who dared to say that PM Netanyahu should resign. Loyalty is a personal virtue; but is it also a political virtue?

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The “Quid Pro Squat” Edition

We discuss 1) whether loyalty remains a virtue when applied to an indicted politician like PM Netanyahu 2) the claim of some scholars that the courts are wrong to criminalize the complicated you-wash-my-hands-I’ll-wash-yours relationships between politicians and journalists, of the sort at the basis of 2 of the 3 indictments of the PM

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Fear and Firer

Controversy ignites over a benefit concert for an ultra-Orthodox-run NGO that helps people navigate Israel’s health care system. What should we make of it?

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Politics by Other Means

We hate to even ask, but: Is it possible that Israel’s recent skirmish with the rocket-firing Islamic Jihad in Gaza was timed for PM Netanyahu’s political purposes?

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