Letters to a Young Cadet Contemplating Conscientious Objection / The Promised Podcast

Is it time to revive Israel's vicious political debate? Is the great summer exodus a search for 'normality'? Will Femen's 'free and fearless Amazons' win Israeli hearts and minds?

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An IDF soldier walking through the fields near his army base in Beer Sheva, March 2014.
An IDF soldier walking through the fields near his army base in Beer Sheva, March 2014.Credit: Mendy Hechtman/FLASH90 (Via TLV1)

This episode of the Promised Podcast doesn’t deal with the recent discovery of the bodies of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaer near Hebron, nor the subsequent murder of Muhammad Abu-Khdair in the East Jerusalem suburb of Shoafat. We are not ready to approach the topic from a critical distance, not ready to learn lessons from it, and not ready to tap into the grief.

Don, Ilene & Noah discuss:

Is it time for Lapid and Livni to quit Netanyahu’s government?
Tzipi Livni, and to a lesser extent Yair Lapid, joined Netanyahu's government to run the 'Peace Show.' Now there is no Show, should they answer the Leader of the Opposition's call to resign?

Letters to a kid contemplating conscientious objection
What do we tell a 17-year-old considering whether he should serve in the IDF? Given the tough consequences of objection, is it different when it comes to our own children?

Will 'Uber' taxis take us for a ride?
Social taxi app 'Uber' is coming to Israel. Taxi drivers in Europe have been striking in protest against the arrival of Uber in their countries, but will it be a boon or bust for Israel?

All songs courtesy of Ben Blackwell's Hebrew-Israelite hip-hop:
Od VeOd
We Bout It
Sky Rains Fire

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