The 'Fox News for the Jews' Edition / The Promised Podcast

Allison, Don and Noah discuss the Israel 'Jewish Heritage Network'; the Israeli right as 'princes of resentment'; and whether we should be grateful for smoke-filled rooms.

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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.

Fox News for the Jews

The Israel “Jewish Heritage Network” (otherwise known as Channel 20) is morphing into a right-wing news network before our very eyes. What does the addition of a local, right-wing partisan news organization auger for the country?

Princes of resentment

We discuss a fascinating new book that suggests the key to understanding Israeli politics may be the resentment felt by the children of a generation of right-wingers who were cruelly excluded from the institutions of the state when it was established.

Let Us Now Praise: Political hacks, functionaries & smoke-filled rooms

A Brookings Institution genius, Jonathan Rauch, claims that all America’s efforts to do away with smoke-filled rooms is actually damaging its politics. Might something like that be true here in Israel as well?