The 'Jewing Up the Diaspora' Edition / The Promised Podcast

What can we learn from Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza? Is Israel trying to 'Jew up' the diaspora? Is Israel shifting from a 'Hebrew' to a 'Jewish' state?

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Allison, Noah, and The Times of Israel's Ops & Blogs editor Miriam Hershlag discuss three topics of incomparable importance, and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

A decade out of Gaza
On the tenth anniversary of Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from the Jewish settlements in Gaza, we discuss the lasting legacy of the withdrawal - one of the most dramatic events in Israel's history. What, if anything, can we learn from it a decade later?

Jewing up the Diaspora real nice
An ambitious new program has been announced by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs meant to fix “the weakening of the Jewish foundations of the family unit” among Diaspora Jews. Is this just more insufferable Israeli meddlesome condescension?

Israel's dead, long live the Jewish State!
We discuss 91-year-old peace activist and moral compass Uri Avnery’s assertion in Haaretz that we’re seeing a frightful shift in Israel from a “Hebrew” state to a “Jewish” state that will subvert Zionism and soon bury us all.