The 'Whither Jerusalem?' Edition / The Promised Podcast

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A Palestinian woman shouts at an Israeli policeman in the Old City of Jerusalem after Israel temporarily closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Oct. 30, 2014. Credit: AP

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.

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Whither Jerusalem?

Recent acts of terrible violence in Jerusalem have had pundits debating whether the Third Intifada has begun. We discuss political analyst Gershom Gorenberg’s suggestion that a divided city can be turned into a bridge between two divided peoples.

The President and the precedent

We discuss President Rivlin’s speech at the annual Kafr Qasem memorial service. What we are to make of a President whom we all know as an advocate of a one-state solution, who is also emerging as the country’s strongest voice for Palestinian rights?

The astounding wisdom of the Jewish people

The Yavne City Council just voted unanimously to begin work on a museum to be called ‘The Hall of the Wisdom of the Jewish People,’ in which 120 Jewish geniuses are to be memorialized. Is it time to drop the ‘Jews are so smart’ trope?

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