LISTEN: How Israel’s Olympic Hero Challenged a Nation’s Identity

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Haaretz Weekly

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Noa Landau and Anshel Pfeffer to discuss Artem Dolgopyat’s historic Olympic gold medal in gymnastics – his country’s second ever and its first in one of the core Olympic disciplines.

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We ask: Will Dolgopyat, who is not halakhically Jewish and cannot marry in the country, lead to a national rethink on the relationship between religion and state? Who, exactly did Team Israel represent in the baseball tournament? And will Israel ever be able to tap into the 20 percent of the population not represented at the Olympics - Arab citizens?

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