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An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO professional who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture, and society.

An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO professional who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture, and society.

Location:

Israel

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An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO professional who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture, and society.

Twitter:

@tlv1radio

Language:

English


Episodes

The “Can’t Spell ‘Plea Bargain’ Without ‘Rage’ and ‘Pain’” Edition

1/20/2022
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and returning prodigal son, Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Can’t Spell ‘Plea Bargain’ Without ‘Rage’ and ‘Pain’— Why are so many people so mad about a possible plea bargain that would keep former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu out of both jail and the Knesset? —The Ideology...

Duration:01:21:28

The “Pure of Heart” Edition

1/13/2022
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. —Memorial Matters— There never was, and will never be, anyone like Yoram Taharlev, May his Memory Be for a Blessing. —In the Heights— Prime Minister Naftali Bennett exults that “This is the moment of the Golan Heights.” But should it be? —We’ve Only Just Begun— Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party celebrate...

Duration:01:23:04

The “Dunno Much About Art” Edition

1/6/2022
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —From Ramallah to Rosh Ha-‘Ayin— Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz meet in Gantz’s living room. Cause for hope? —Be-Waldered— Revered kids-book writer Rabbi Chaim Walder kills himself after it comes...

Duration:01:31:14

The “This is Reality!” Edition

12/30/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and Sally Abed discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon Link to Give to Standing Together —This Would Not Have Happened a Year Ago— United Arab List head, Dr. Mansour Abbas, says that Israel always has been, and always will be a Jewish State, it’s time for everyone to accept that. How big a deal is...

Duration:01:28:14

The “Autarky Malarkey!” Edition

12/23/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and and returning prodigal son, Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —“A Mandate” Anagrams to “A Tad Mean”— Israel’s Corona Czar says the time has come to consider a “vaccine mandate.” Is this why the word “omicron” anagrams to “moronic”? —Whose Violence is it, Anyway?— Why do...

Duration:01:36:44

The “F*ck’m!” Edition

12/16/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —F*ck’m!— Former US President Donald Trump says that former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu never wanted to make peace, and doesn’t know the meaning of loyalty. But aren’t the two men BFFs? —Unit 8200, Down on Route 60— The IDF...

Duration:01:36:35

The “This is Not Wonderland” Edition

12/9/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Leading the Witness— Police investigators strong-arm Benjamin Netanyahu’s one-time spokesman and media consultant to testify against his former boss, saying that if he doesn’t they’ll destroy his family and his life. Is the whole trial...

Duration:01:39:19

The “Candles with Zealots, Oh My!” Edition

12/2/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and journalist-extraordinaire Dina Kraft discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Hanukkah with Zealots, Oh My!— President Yitzhak Herzog lights candles with settlers in Hebron, causing protestors on the left to cry, “He’s not my president.” —Whose Country Is It Anyway?— By closing its borders, is...

Duration:01:29:45

The “Model Citizens” Edition

11/25/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Miriam Herschlag and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. —No Prize— Israel’s Education Minister decides not to give the country’s biggest prize to a genius computer theorist because he petitioned the EU to boycott an Israeli university in the territories. —If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Office Chair Creak— If Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, does that mean...

Duration:01:32:23

The “Getting Rid and Holding On” Edition

11/18/2021
Sally Abed and Noah Efron discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Limited— Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel’s new proposed term-limit law is the sort of law you’d see in Iran, Syria and North Korea. Does he have a point? —Tradition, Tradition!— Can “traditionalism” (mesoratiut) reshape Israeli politics as we know it? —Israelis and...

Duration:01:08:25

The “What Now?” Edition

11/11/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —What Now?— Now that Israel has a budget (after several years of not having a budget), is it smooth sailing from now on? —Some of the Best Standards are Double Standards— A supermarket chain charges ultra-Orthodox shoppers a lot less than the rest...

Duration:01:31:55

The “Earmarks & Skidmarks” Edition

11/4/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer and Noah Efron discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —You Say “Corruption” Like It Was a Bad Thing!— Should coalition members get to earmark millions for their favorite causes? —Death, Taxes & Traffic— The Knesset’s new “pigovian” congestion tax will make half a million people pay handsomely every time they...

Duration:00:59:55

The “The Climes They Are A-Changin’” Edition

10/28/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Burdens of Proof— Defense Minister Benny Gantz says we can trust him that he wouldn’t outlaw Palestinian human rights organizations without a really good reason. —A Great Deal of New Green— A 100 point action plan to slow climate change? Is...

Duration:01:21:43

The “From ‘Et Tu’ to ‘Me Too’” Edition

10/21/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Miriam Herschlag and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Nullifying Netanyahu?— Former Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein challenges Benjamin Netanyahu for leadership of the Likud. Are Netanyahu’s days numbered? —Him Too?— “He suddenly pinned me to the door and tried to kiss me.” What do we...

Duration:01:28:27

The “Vax & Figures” Edition

10/14/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Miriam Herschlag and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Vax & Figures— What’s the link between who Israelis vote for and whether, when, and how we get vaxxed and boostered? —The Cost of Freedom— Gilad Shalit was freed from Hamas captivity in Gaza exactly ten years ago. Was the deal that brought...

Duration:01:29:20

The “Waking Up But Still Not Woke” Edition

10/7/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Coffee or Conflict: How Do Israelis Start Our Days?— Was PM Bennett right when he said at the UN that “Israelis don’t wake up in the morning thinking about conflict”? —Smile!— Cameras in classroom, oh my! —Stone of Hearts— Would it really be...

Duration:01:22:14

The “We’ll Try to Stay Serene & Calm” Edition

9/30/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Sally Abed and Noah Efron discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. —Iran, One Month from the Bomb— Experts say Iran can have an atomic bomb by Hanukkah. What, if anything, can Israel do about it? —Who is Sex For?— Is it unseemly for 60 year olds to let the rest of us know they still have sex? —Our Favorite Tel Aviv Coffee Shops and Bars— For our most unreasonably generous...

Duration:01:22:45

The “Ushpizin” Edition

9/23/2021
There is an ancient tradition on Sukkot, which is to say now, called Ushpizin, an aramaic word that means “Guests”, and at its simplest, it means that one invites guests of all sorts, including anyone around who needs a meal, to eat with you in your Sukkah. But already in the 16th century, and maybe long before that, Kabbalists and mystics had symbolicized the thing, saying that when you sit in your Sukkah the Shekhinah , the divine presence, draws righteous heroes from history into your...

Duration:01:11:52

The “Taking Stock” Edition

9/15/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Sally Abed and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —A Year of Abraham Accords— A year ago this week, ambassadors from the UAE and Bahrain celebrated with then-President Donald Trump and then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the launch of the Abraham Accords. With Trump and Netanyahu booted out of...

Duration:01:22:37

The “Distinguished & Undistinguished Distinctions” Edition

9/9/2021
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Body Politics— A 21-year-old sergeant in the Border Police dies after being shot in the head through a hole in the wall that separates Israel from Gaza, and the tragedy instantly becomes a political talking point leading to demands that the...

Duration:01:27:14