Israel

Not With a Bang, but With a Tweet

Labor head Amir Peretz tweets that he’s merging his party into Blue & White, killing off once and for all the party of David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin. Should we mourn the loss?

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The “Dialectics of Dayenu” Edition

We discuss: 1) Labor’s plan to merge into Blue & White 2) why most COVID-19 victims are Ultra-Orthodox 3) whether the song Dayenu says something profound about Israeli politics

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Eggs

For Miriam and her great Passover egg hunt, relief arrived from the friend next door. Ed’s Jerusalem eggspedition led him to discover that egg shortages know no borders. And Amanda, who found out that eggs were not the only item in short supply, eventually ended up with far more than she bargained for.

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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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