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The Promised Podcast is straight talk about Israeli politics (and culture, society, economy and all the rest), with passion, without propaganda. Oh, and there's great music thrown in for good measure.

The Promised Podcast is straight talk about Israeli politics (and culture, society, economy and all the rest), with passion, without propaganda. Oh, and there's great music thrown in for good measure.
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The Promised Podcast is straight talk about Israeli politics (and culture, society, economy and all the rest), with passion, without propaganda. Oh, and there's great music thrown in for good measure.

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Episodes

The “Out with the Old, In with the New” Edition

2/21/2019
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. They’d Like to Teach the World to Sing Can a single political party long endure with some members who are Two-State Solution types and others who are Never-Palestinian-State sorts, and some members who see the ultra-Orthodox as partners and others who see them as anathema? The new centrist mega-party “Blue &...

Duration:01:08:06

The “Befuddled, Belabored, Bereaved & Beloved” Edition

2/14/2019
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and writer, TV host, and activist Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Primary Dolours According to polls, fifteen political parties have a decent shot of being elected to the Knesset. Only three of those – Meretz, Labor, and Likud – hold open primaries where eligible dues-paying party members vote to determine the party list. Effusive...

Duration:01:14:31

The “Black & White, Left & Right” Edition

2/7/2019
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Times of Israel Ops & Blogs editor Miriam Herschlag discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Looking for the extra segment? Likud Renewed, Dude! The Likud primaries are here! We wonder what composite portrait they paint of the heart, soul and physiognomy of the party. Being Black The rage and heartache of Ethiopian-Israelis came front and center as they...

Duration:01:14:12

The “Bullsh*t Solutions to Bullsh*t Problems?” Edition

1/31/2019
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Become a patron and gain access to our weekly extra special, special extra segments. Bullshit Solutions to Bullshit Problems? Is the election campaign about anything that matters (or anything at all)? The Change We Seek MK Dov Khenin resigned on the grounds that there are better ways to bring political...

Duration:01:13:07

The “Lessons of War” Edition

1/24/2019
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. No ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’? Journalist and best-selling author Matti Friedman argues in the New York Times that if you think of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians “as a problem that can be solved by an agreement between them,” then you don’t understand it. 1,364 Dead Terrorists Former IDF...

Duration:01:11:23

The “Son of God, with a Side of Fries” Edition

1/17/2019
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Never Netanyahu? Labor Party head dares and double-dares the heads of other parties in the center and on the left to swear on a million bibles that they’ll never join a Netanyahu government. Good politics or just more dumbassery? Son of God, with a Side of Fries There is blood on the streets of Haifa after...

Duration:01:06:56

The “Goose, Gander & Duck” Edition

1/10/2019
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Terrorists, Murderers or Just Kids? Five fifteen years-olds suspected of killing a Palestinian mother of nine by pelting her car with rocks are interrogated by the Shin Bet without being allowed to consult a lawyer to speak to their parents. Are the kids’ rights are being trampled? Uniformity A Hebrew U....

Duration:01:08:37

The “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” Edition

1/3/2019
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Right (Or, Naftali & Ayelet’s Excellent Adventure) Numbers one and two of the modern-Orthodox Jewish Home party, leave to start “The New Right.” It’s sad when kids run away from (The Jewish) Home. Center (Or, Plenty of Benny) A general starts a new centrist party in Israel, joining forces with another...

Duration:01:09:44

The “Elections!” Edition

12/27/2018
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Elections! Netanyahu calls new elections, spurring the talking heads to talk, the pundits to pund, the experts to expectorate, and all the rest of us to grasp our heads in our hands and rock back and forth while muttering, “Let something good come of this, Puleeeze, let something good come of...

Duration:01:15:57

“The Grinch and the Jewish Question” Edition

12/20/2018
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. The Vested Quest of the Oppressed Some Israelis watch yellow-vested Parisian protestors burn cars and break windows and thing, “We’d like in on that action.” But will Israel’s yellow-vest demonstrations produce any positive change? The Left is from Mars, the Right is from Venus A new study shows that...

Duration:01:11:10

The “Us & the Others” Edition

12/13/2018
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Unsettling A Tel Aviv leftist sets out to meet settlers in Tekoa, and makes a remarkable documentary about the discussions she has. The settlers come off as decent, human and humane. Is that a problem? Dissed Why do so many Israeli parents worry that kids with disabilities might rob their own kids of the...

Duration:01:06:13

The “What?!? Some Europeans Don’t Like Jews?!?” Edition

12/6/2018
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. In Which Memory of George Herbert Walker Bush? George H.W. Bush remade the Middle East and changed US-Israel relations forever. Was this a good thing? What?!? Some Europeans Don’t Like Jews?!? A CNN-sponsored poll finds that almost half of all Europeans don’t think Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish...

Duration:01:09:31

The “AirBDS?” Edition

11/29/2018
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. AirBDS? Airbnb kicked Jewish settlers off their site: A courageous political stand or a craven and hypocritical singling out of Israel for censure? Solidarity on the Scaffolds More and more Palestinians from the West Bank work in Israel, under better conditions than ever before. Does this bring peace...

Duration:01:09:32

The “Sometimes They’ll Give a War and Nobody Will Come” Edition

11/22/2018
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Sometimes They’ll Give a War and Nobody Will Come Haaretz praises PM Netanyahu for single-handedly preventing war in Gaza. Are we in bizzaro-world, or were we just wrong about Netanyahu? Slights, Plights, Fights and Flights of the Right Israel’s right-wing Defense Minister resigns over the cease-fire with...

Duration:01:12:26

The “Mourning in America” Edition

11/15/2018
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Mourning in America Is it true that American Jews may never forgive Israel for its reaction to the Pittsburgh massacre? Should it be true? Our Rabin, Not Yours! Leftists use whistles, stadium horns and vuvuzelas to drown out right-wing speakers at the 23rd annual memorial of Rabin’s assassination. Why has...

Duration:01:10:25

The “Peace Happens” Edition

11/8/2018
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Crashing the First International Conference on Innovations in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Don and Noah discuss seeking peace amidst violence and distrust, the secular and profane, ancient enmities and fragile hopes, with Northern Irish leaders who helped to end centuries-old conflict between Protestants and Catholics, Unionists and Republicans. What, if anything, do we have to learn from their experience? Don and Noah then discuss with a rabbi and former MK and Minister, the roles...

Duration:01:27:59

The “Love’s ‘lections Lost” Edition

11/1/2018
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In this very special, environmentally-sound, recycled edition of the Promised Podcast, we rebroadcast discussions about: Participating in today’s show are Allison, Don, Noah, Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag, and Shaharit Think Tank Grand Puba Eilon Schwartz. Music Coolooloosh, celebrating the tenth anniversary re-release of their classic album Elements of Sound and their forthcoming reunion concert at the Barbie in Tel Aviv on November 14.

Duration:01:09:07

The “Gaga for the GA!” Edition

10/25/2018
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Allison, Don and Noah gather agog among the movers and the shakers at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America to discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. It’s Not Over ‘til the Yellow Bird Sings The “Canary Mission” is a website clearinghouse of information about American students, professors and organizations who are critical of Israel. What impact does its...

Duration:01:13:23

The “Salts of the Earth” Edition

10/18/2018
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Subscribe to our WhyWhyWhy! True Stories from Israel podcast Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Stitcher Spotify Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron, and Don Futterman discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. What’s Good for the Goose Polls show that former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz may soon be one of Israel’s most powerful politicians, even though no one knows what he thinks about anything. Why...

Duration:01:17:50

The “Jewesses Packing Heat” Edition

10/11/2018
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In this partially archival yet still very fresh edition of the Promised Podcast, we rebroadcast two segments from prior episodes, followed by a brand new third segment for your aural pleasure. Starring in this episode, in no particular order, are Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman, Bradley Burston, Miriam Herschlag, Gilad Halpern, and Noah Efron. Aging Alone A report prepared by the Government Research Institute unveiled that 32% of elderly people aged 65-74 in Israel report frequent or...

Duration:00:57:19