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Woman of Valor, Who Will Elect? / The Promised Podcast

Allison, Don, and Noah discuss the movement to get ultra-Orthodox women on the ballot, how the Left plans to make peace, and whether the elections will make any difference.

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A Shas party meeting in Jerusalem, January 27, 2013.Credit: Emil Salman

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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.

Woman of valor, who will elect?
We discuss the campaign to get ultra-Orthodox women on the ballot for the upcoming elections, which encourages people not to vote for religious parties that don’t allow women to run. Does it reflect tectonic changes among the ultra-Orthodox?

Give peace a policy
At this week’s Saban Forum at Brookings, former Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren challenged Labor leader Isaac Herzog on his policy towards the Palestinians and the peace process. What exactly does the mainstream Left plan to do to advance peace?

Will the elections make any difference at all?
We try to answer the (slightly annoying) questions asked in this NYT piece: Does the prospect of a purely rightist government show how much Israel has changed? Could the coming elections transform Israel’s future, it’s place in the world, and chances for peace?