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Who ignited the current round of violence in Israel? With Jeff Becker

Who ignited the current round of violence in Israel? With Jeff Becker

May 13, 2021

What is going on in Israel? More than 1500 rockets fired by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in the last 48 hours, after Hamas promised to hurt Israel for banning access to Dom of the Rock from Muslims. Ramadhan fest, the flag march on Jerusalem day, Sheich Jarach, all came down to a climax, but what ignited the ongoing round of violence, what is happening in Israel and Gaza, and why. That is what I am here to discuss with my friend Jeff Becker.

 

Who’s afraid of the Supreme Court of Israel? With Prof. Roy Peled

Who’s afraid of the Supreme Court of Israel? With Prof. Roy Peled

May 10, 2021

The Supreme court of Israel has been an ongoing target to the right-wing arrows, mostly around the claim that it prevents the government from ruling and the Knesset from passing laws that represent the majority’s wishes. All of that is because the court’s ruling on the legality of the Knesset legislation and decisions of state authorities.

When did this tension began, Is the Supreme Court really a barrier to governance as the critics say or just playing it’s role as part of the separation of powers in Israel?

And who can help me explain this better than the one and only, Dr. Roy Peled.

Dr. Peled is an Administrative and Constitutional Law professor at the Haim Striks School of Law, College of Management – Academic Studies in Israel, a Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at UC Berkeley, and former CEO & Chairperson of the Movement for Freedom of Information in Israel.

The Histadrut – Not your typical worker’s Union

The Histadrut – Not your typical worker’s Union

May 1, 2021

The Histadrut – Not your typical worker’s Union

 

Special episode for May 1st!

Israel’s worker's union, known as Histadrut Ha’Ovdim, was established by the socialist Zionists in 1920. Unlike worker unions abroad, its early days' mission was greater than just worrying about worker’s rights. Its political power was greater than any other union and for many years it had many leverages to use when negotiating with the governments. Its role in the establishment of Israel was unlike any other workers union and has effects on Israel’s economical structure until today.

Along with my guest, we will tell the story of Israel’s most influential organization outside of the government and the IDF.

I am happy to have today with me Professor Udi Manor, of Haifa University. Professor Manor’s main area of interest is Political History of the Jewish people in Modern times. He published 12 books, 50 articles and is an acclaimed speaker

 

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Netanyahu’s acts explained with Jeff Becker

Netanyahu’s acts explained with Jeff Becker

April 28, 2021

*Disclaimer - Episode recorded prior to Netanyahu's acts around nominating Minister of Justuice.

On May 4th the 28 days given to Benjamin Netanyahu to form a coalition will pass. Meanwhile the Political chaos grows, tension between Jews and Arabs escalates in Jerusalem and with Hamas in Gaza. What is happening?

Along with my friend Jeff Becker we will discuss these topics and try to guess what will happened.

Can Netanyahu form a coalition? with Jeff Becker

Can Netanyahu form a coalition? with Jeff Becker

April 13, 2021

The 24th Knesset began its work after the MK’s swore oath, on April 6. Prior, President Reuven Rivlin on Monday gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the first crack at forming a government but noted that he was doing so reluctantly, both because no party leader appeared to have enough support to succeed at cobbling together a ruling coalition and because he had “moral and ethical” reservations given that Netanyahu is on trial for corruption.

Netanyahu will now have 28 days to try to muster a coalition that can win majority support in the Knesset, but, given that he only has the backing of 52 out of 120 lawmakers, it will be a challenge.

Netanyahu was endorsed by his Likud party, with 30 seats, Shas, with 9; United Torah Judaism, 7; and Religious Zionism, 6.

Lapid was recommended as prime minister by 45 lawmakers (Yesh Atid 17, Blue and White 8, Yisrael Beytenu 7, Labor 7, Meretz 6), and Naftali Bennett by the seven members of his own Yamina party.

The three parties that made no recommendation account for the final 16 Knesset seats (New Hope 6, Joint List 6, and Ra’am 4).

Along with my friend Jeff Becker we will discuss what to expect in the upcoming days.

The Conductor. The story of Isaiah ‘Si’ Kenen

The Conductor. The story of Isaiah ‘Si’ Kenen

March 29, 2021

He wasn’t the most connected, and he wasn’t the most famous, but his commitment was the greatest - Isaiah Si Kenen was a passionate Zionist who changed the relationship and America’s commitment to the establishment to Israel.

Along with my friend Kobby Barda, who researched AIPAC and learned it’s history we will dive and discuss this person, who made an impact and it’s ongoing influence today.

Kobby Barda is a Ph.D. candidate at Haifa University and the author of “AIPAC’s Grassroots Path to Congress''.

If you wish to read Kobby’s research about Isaiah Kenen, President Eisenhower, and Aid to Israel During the Suez Crisis press the link - https://www.cambridge.org/engage/coe/article-details/5f6900135c1dab00193d210a

To purchase Kobby’s book AIPAC’s Grassroots Path to Congress: How Isaiah Kenen Built AIPAC to Be A Powerhouse use this link - https://www.amazon.com/AIPACs-Grassroots-Path-Congress-Powerhouse/dp/9659278853

Post-Election Special with Jeff Becker

Post-Election Special with Jeff Becker

March 24, 2021

The people of Israel spoke again.  But when will we know what they said? And whether what they said aligns with what they wanted? 

Along with my friend Jeff Becker, we will dive a little to give you the best perspective on who won, when we will have the final results, and what we should expect.

Join us for a temporary Aftermath, before we actually know the final count of votes, analyzing the winners and losers, and guessing what will happen.  

 

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The decline of the Israeli left and will the Ultra-Orthodox hurt Netanyahu with Jeff Becker
Israelis’ Distrust in State Institutions Is Turning Into an Existential Threat with Nadan Feldman

Israelis’ Distrust in State Institutions Is Turning Into an Existential Threat with Nadan Feldman

March 7, 2021

A year has passed since Covid-19 hit the world. Israel, relatively, was one of the states hurt the most, at least in the OECD. Even though it has one of the best medical services in the world, Israel has one of the highest rates of deaths per capita (with more than 5,569 people died up until February 21st). Is it the lack of strategy, rapid and random decision making, and changing restrictions, that made Israelis less and less tolerant to governmental guidelines, or is it the Political mess, lack of leadership, and the distrust in Prime Minister Netanyahu himself and his cabinet? One thing is sure - After 3 quarantines with poor results restraining the Virus, Israeli’s are less obedient and it seems that the political mess hurt the public’s trust.

Nadan Feldman is a Haaretz correspondent on Global Economy, a Ph.D. candidate in history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and he is here with me today to discuss this matter.

 

Haaretz subscribers can read Nadan’s article here.

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The Reform movement in Israel - with Rabbi Noa Sattath & Rabbi Josh Weinberg

The Reform movement in Israel - with Rabbi Noa Sattath & Rabbi Josh Weinberg

March 1, 2021

The ultra-Orthodox Rabbinical institutions control almost every aspect of life in Israel and narrow all other denominations' actions. Over the years there are voices who challenge the Ultra-Orthodox and the Israeli politicians in this area. The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the social justice arm of the Reform Movement in Israel is one of the strongest voices working to gain equality, religious freedom, and Pluralism.

Along with my guests - Rabbi Noa Sattath, director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Vice President of United Reform Judaism (URJ) for Israel and Reform Zionism & Executive Director of ARZA; we will review how things look like in Israel

 

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