The ‘Calamari Is Kosher, Right?’ Edition / The Promised Podcast

Allison, Don, and Noah talk about the potential 'cantonization' of Israel; the great media parallax; and why Israeli politicians are scared to be secular.

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Hot calamari salad with Jerusalem artichoke over sesame yogurt.
Why did PM Netanyahu feel compelled to recently declare: 'I do not eat unkosher foods'?Credit: Limor Laniado Tiroche

Allison, Don and Noah discuss three topics of incomparable importance, and end with an anecdote each about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

The United States of Israel?
Could ‘Cantonization’ save Israel? We discuss a proposal to slice and dice Israel into small ethnically and ideologically defined localities that would each have laws that better fit their populations. Would such a system benefit Israel’s minorities?

The great media parallax
The coverage of Operation Protective Edge this summer looked very different on Israeli TV screens compared to American or European ones. Why is this, and should something be done to change Israeli media coverage of regional events?

Calamari is kosher, right?
Why did PM Netanyahu feel compelled to make this dubious statement to a journalist recently: “I do not eat unkosher foods”? Is the legitimacy of being an out-and-out secular politician diminishing? Is this a sign that secular Judaism is on the retreat?

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