The 'Losing Faith' Edition / The Promised Podcast

Why Israel has frozen Palestinian funds; how Israelis are losing faith in their institutions; whether Israel's democratic primaries are really democratic.

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High waves in the Mediterranean Sea. Tel Aviv, January 7, 2015.Credit: AP

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.

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Tax and shend
We discuss the decision of the Israeli government to withhold half a billion shekels of Palestinian tax money. Is this just one of a bunch of clever strategies Israel can employ at will, or does it show that in international diplomacy we are plum out of ideas?

Losing faith
The Israel Democracy Institute’s annual report shows that Israelis are losing faith in all their institutions, save the army. Why should this be? Why do Arab Israelis trust the police more than any other institution except the Supreme Court?

Primary education
The recent Likud primary produced a list of candidates some have hailed as a great improvement. We ask whether the parties that pick their Knesset candidates through democratic primaries produce better results than the parties run by autocrats.

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