The Promised Podcast

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.


episode 3: The “Atone Again, Naturally” Edition

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.

—The Other Deal of the Century—

Should Prime Minister Netanyahu get amnesty from prosecution for corruption in exchange for resigning?

—RBG for She and We—

Israel’s Former Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, says she reveres RBG’s freedom-fighting feminism, but would never have appointed her to the bench here. A contradiction?

—Atone Again, Naturally—

About which public figures have we “spoken slander and evil speech, accused falsely and deceitfully, mocked” and worse? Who deserves our apologies for the sins of podcastery and assholery?

—Michael Sfard Argues That in Israel, an RBG Could Never Make It To the Supreme Court. Is He Right?—

For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion, we discuss an essay in Haaretz by the great civil rights lawyer Michael Sfard, arguing that in Israel, an RBG (or anyone who starts their career at an NGO) could never make it to the Supreme Court. We try to figure if he’s right.

All that and four awesome songs for the Days of Awe!


 2020-09-24  1h19m