Scenes From Israel's Class, Culture, and Ideology Wars / The Promised Podcast

In this episode we discuss the controversial election video posted by the Shomron Settlers’ Council, Shas' class-orientated election campaign, and the Zoabi-Marzel Knesset-barring saga.

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

Ideological warfare
We discuss a remarkable new election video posted by the Shomron Settlers’ Council, which finds its place alongside new ads by PM Netanyahu suggesting that Leftists will invite the Islamic State to overrun Jerusalem.

Class warfare
We discuss the election campaign of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, which says, among other things, “If you live in [tony, Ashkenazi] Ramat Aviv don’t vote for us, but if you work for those heartless bastards do vote for us.”

Political warfare
We discuss the decision to bar and then un-bar two candidates from running for the Knesset this week: Balad MK Haneen Zoabi and Yachad prospective MK Baruch Marzel. One is an anti-Zionist, Hamas-sympathizing Palestinian, the other an ultra-nationalist former Meir Kahana acolyte.