Israel

Econoclasm

Israel’s most venerable political scientist says that the coronavirus will kill off the country’s neo-liberal economic policy and nudge us towards social democracy. Does he have a point?

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What Gantz Wants, or Is Gantz a Shvantz?

What the hell is behind Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz’s decision to abandon his allies in the center and join Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government as his deputy?

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The “What Gantz Wants” Edition

We discuss: 1) what the hell is behind Gantz’s decision to abandon his allies in the center and join Bibi as his deputy 2) whether the Coronavirus is going to kill off Reagan-Thatcherite neoliberal economics, drawing us back to being a social democracy

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“Alone Together With Fiona”

This is a tale of neighbors nurturing ties even while confined to their homes. A story borne of the extraordinary circumstances in which we all find ourselves at the moment.

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Too Loyal Opposition?

Most politicians, journalists, professors and other professional gadflies are acting like an “Amen corner” as Prime Minister Netanyahu steers the country through the crisis. Has the time come to be more critical?

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Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow

We survived a near-miss constitutional crisis, as the Chairperson of the Knesset pondered ignoring a ruling of the Supreme Court. Did Israeli democracy just almost shatter into pieces?

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The “Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow” Edition

We discuss: 1) the near-miss constitutional crisis we survived this week, as the Chairperson of the Knesset pondered ignoring a ruling of the Supreme Court 2) whether or not we all ought to withhold criticism and rally behind the PM and support his efforts to fight the virus

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Of Plagues and Quarantines

This episode features true stories on the theme “Quarantined” as told by Judah Ari Gross, Sarah Goldberg, Sari Friedman, and Yisrael Campbell.

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“Torah Protects and Saves”?!?

A revered 92 year old rabbi decided to keep ultra-Orthodox schools open, in defiance of the Prime Minister and Health Minister, because studying Torah is our best protection from the coronavirus. Now what?

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Keeping Tabs

At 1 a.m., Netanyahu’s cabinet decides to grant the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, the power to track COVID-19 sufferers and, along the way, the rest of us, too. Do desperate times demand such desperate measures, or is this a step (way) too far?

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