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Episode 24 - It’s NOT the system DUMMY! With Dr. Einat Wilf

Episode 24 - It’s NOT the system DUMMY! With Dr. Einat Wilf

January 21, 2021

Most Israelis agree that Israel going to a 4th election term in 2 years proved the Israeli system of government is failing. Along with my guest Dr. Einat Wilf we will discuss where are we REALLY failing and what Israeli decision-makers really need to focus on.

Dr. Wilf is an author and a leading thinker on matters of foreign policy, economics, education, Israel, and Zionism. She was a member of the Israeli Parliament from 2010-2013, where she served as Chair of the Education Committee and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Dr. Wilf is also the author of the book “It’s not the electoral system DUMMY!” explaining why Israel’s political problems lie somewhere else.

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Will DEMOCRATIT be the next election lightning catcher? With Eran Etzion

Will DEMOCRATIT be the next election lightning catcher? With Eran Etzion

January 14, 2021

Once in a couple of years, a new kid comes to the playground of Israeli politics. That small party, which at many times nobody takes seriously, becomes the election's surprise and usually has the power to make an impact on shaping the new government. At most times that party also vanishes after a while - DASH in 1977, SHINUI between 1999-2003, GIL (HaGimlaim) between 2006-2009.

Those parties usually enjoy the support of many Left-wingers who are disappointed with the system and looking for something “New” & “Clean” without understanding the political game. 

In the upcoming election, we have many new players but only one is based on the Balfour rallies - DEMOCRATIT. 

My guest today is Eran Etzion, Democracy and Public policy entrepreneur and a Candidate in Israel's newly established DEMOCRATIT party primaries.

Formerly a senior diplomat and strategist who served as Deputy Head of Israel's National Security Council, and Head of Policy Planning in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

To learn more about DEMOCRATIT - https://www.democratit.org.il/

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Here we go again – Israel calls 4th election in 2 years

Here we go again – Israel calls 4th election in 2 years

December 28, 2020

The 23rd Knesset officially dispersed as the clock struck midnight on Tuesday night, and the deadline to approve a 2020 budget expired, sending Israelis to the polls for the fourth time in less than two years. Elections were automatically called for 90 days from now, namely March 23, 2021.

The failure to pass a budget came just seven months after the swearing-in of the “unity government” between Likud and Blue and White. The two parties, which had fought each other bitterly in three indecisive elections, agreed to form a power-sharing government with a rotating premiership between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz in May.

What happened, and what should we expect? Kobi & Jeff explain.

Israel between the 2 giants with Dr. Ehud Eiran

Israel between the 2 giants with Dr. Ehud Eiran

December 24, 2020

Israel’s long term strong alliance is challenged not just by Israel’s relations with the Palestinians and the US reaction to Israel’s policies, but by other global players. In today’s episode, I will discuss China’s uprise as a global player and its impact on Israeli-American relations, and what we may see under President Biden's administration.

Dr. Ehud (Udi) Eiran, a senior lecturer and a US associate professor of International Relations at the University of Haifa in Israel and an active Board member at Mitvim – a leading Israeli thinktank. Dr. Eiran is also the author of 2 books & numerous academic articles.

To read more about Dr. Eiran – https://fsi.stanford.edu/people/ehud-eiran

To read more about Mitvim - https://mitvim.org.il/en/

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Era in Politics – 1999-2009

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Era in Politics – 1999-2009

December 14, 2020

In our 10th episode, we discussed PM Netanyahu’s rise in the public sphere until his defeat to Ehud Barak on May 17th, 1999. In this episode, I consulted with Mr. Eli Vered Hazan on the reasons for his loss and how he paved his way back into power. We were only able to cover 1999-2009, so stay tuned for a future episode.

 

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The Ultra-Orthodox Challenge for Israel’s economy with Professor Dan Ben David

The Ultra-Orthodox Challenge for Israel’s economy with Professor Dan Ben David

November 25, 2020

The Corona crisis uncovered sensitive challenges Politicians refused to own, but are big and have a far bigger impact on Israel’s future. The Ultra-Orthodox communities’ separatism from the state of Israel, refusing to integrate into Modern Israel, while using their political power to budget their way of living, of the state’s budget, growing in numbers yearly and becoming a challenge for the state of Israel. How long can this go along?

Professor Dan Ben-David, A world knowen researcher of Economic Growth & Development and Israel Economy, President and Founder of the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research is here with me to discuss the challenges with the “Hardeim” and what the state of Israel needs to do.

To read more of Prof. Ben-David and the Shoresh institution please check their website at - https://shoresh.institute/

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A different Approach in Israel’s society & Politics with Yair Assulin

A different Approach in Israel’s society & Politics with Yair Assulin

November 16, 2020

Democracies are failing. Civil society is in a crisis. In Israel, it is more sensitive due to the big disagreements around state and religion, the occupation, corruption, and much more. But' our guest has a different point of view with an interesting solution - 

Yair Assulin, born in 1986, studied philosophy and history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Drive is the first of two novels he has written and for which he won Israel's Ministry of Culture Prize and the Sapir Prize for debut fiction.

 

To read more about Yair and his book "The Drive" that was translated into English please check the following link - https://newvesselpress.com/authors/yair-assulin/#:~:text=Yair%20Assulin%2C%20born%20in%201986,Sapir%20Prize%20for%20debut%20fiction.

Where were you when Rabin was assassinated? *SPECIAL EPISODE*

Where were you when Rabin was assassinated? *SPECIAL EPISODE*

November 2, 2020

November 4th marks 25 years of the assassination of Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin by Yigal Amir. The murderer, a Modern Orthodox Law student, was influenced by the toxic environment of the growing opposition to the Oslo accord led by than head of Opposition, MK Benjamin Netanyahu.

It seems that no real discussion was made and no real lesson learned. Israeli democracy is weakening while no real discussions are made. Different individuals seek to fade Rabin’s memory and Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination from Israel’s history.

What was happening in those days and how it is connected to what is happening today in Israel? Along with Jeff Becker I have shared my personal experience as a teenager living in Jerusalem in the years prior to the murder, and the days after the murder of the late PM Yitzhak Rabin.

 

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Why Israel doesn’t have a Constitution with Eeki Elner

Why Israel doesn’t have a Constitution with Eeki Elner

October 26, 2020

Unlike in the US, the state of Israel doesn’t have a constitution, but a set of Basic Laws.

The idea of a constitution was brought in the declaration of independence, who gave a mandate to the “Founding Assembly” to form a constitution, based upon it the political formation of Israel will be built.

The Founding Assembly did not fulfill its purpose, and the question of a constitution is very sensitive in Israel and we are here to explain what happened, does Israel even need a Constitution, and what is the status today.

Eeki Elner, the founder and CEO of the Israel Leadership Institute, The Israel Leadership Institute North America - based in Ohio, and a Motivational speaker, has a long-lasting public career. Among his past roles is Advisor to the Minister of Education (Prof. Amnon Rubinstein), who was a co-founder of the Freedom of Religion Coalition in Israel and many other activities. Eeki served as the CEO of “Constitution for Israel” under Professor Uriel Reichmann and is her to enlighten us on what was done in order to form a Constitution.

The Israel Leadership Institute website - https://israeleader.com/en/

Israeli Democracy is under attack. Is it really in danger?  with Uri Zaki

Israeli Democracy is under attack. Is it really in danger? with Uri Zaki

October 18, 2020

Israeli Democracy is under attack. Is it really in danger? That was my discussion with Uri Zaki.

Uri is the founder of The Front & Chair of the Meretz Executive Board  

Following military service as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, Uri embarked on a career that that focused on promoting peace and challenging the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.  He was a senior advisor to former Justice Minister and peace camp leader, Yossi Beilin. He took part in the talks that formulated the Geneva initiative and was the main spokesperson of the initiative.

Between 2010-2013 Uri was the Director of B’Tselem USA, a Washington-based non-profit representing the Israeli human rights organization in the US. Uri later was the Israel Advocacy & Public Outreach Consultant at Human Rights Watch.

Uri held several positions in the Meretz Party, among them Chair of Young Meretz, Member of the Executive Board, and President of the Governing Assembly. In the 2019 national elections, he was the Director of the Strategic Team of the campaign.

In 2020 Uri was elected as the party’s Executive Board.

Uri serves on the Financial Committee of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel.

Today, Uri leads the Front (for the Protection of Democracy) – a unique organization in the Israeli progressive landscape that acts as an assertive “attack-dog” against the new-right and its anti-democratic infrastructure via opposition research, media campaigns, and legal action.  

Uri holds a law degree (LLB) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master’s degree (LLM) in Human Rights Law at the Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights at the College for Academic Management Studies.

Uri is a frequent contributor to the Israeli, American and international media. Uri was the co-host together with the late Ari Fuld of the weekly show “Israeli Frenemies” on ILTV.

 To learn more about the Front - https://hachazit.org.il/

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