Interview With an Israeli Conscientious Objector / The Promised Podcast

Acts of conscience, acts of love: Host Noah Efron conducts a very special interview, and we pull together our favorite 'Vatacountry' segments.

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Israeli soldiers take off their jackets as they stand atop a tank after returning to Israel from Gaza, August 5, 2014.Credit: Reuters

Acts of conscience: Summer in the slammer
Noah interviews IDF reservist Gilad Halpern, who spent the summer in a military jail for conscientiously objecting to his call-up during Operation Protective Edge. How does conscientious objection in Israel map onto the political landscape?

Acts of love: ‘Vatacountry’ best bits
A personal reflection by podcast listener Andrew Wirth on art, freedom of expression, and the army in Israel; plus some of our favorite ‘Vatacountry’ segments about life in this infuriating country that, at the end of the day, we cannot help but love.