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 6: The “Exit Strategy” Edition

Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag, 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.

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—Exit Strategy—

The government approves a plan to get out of Covid lockdown in nine easy stages. But will it work?

—I Am Breathing on You—

Novelist and editor Ruth Almog worries that Israelis are getting coarser, after a peeved, maskless woman breathes on her. Have we lost our civility?

—Every Day—

A big front-page ad compares abuse of animals to Treblinka. Is that o.k.?

—Ought a Jewess Like Gal Gadot Be Allowed to Play Cleopatra?—

For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion, we discuss the fufura (though some think it’s a mere brouhaha) on social media over whether a Jewess like Gal Gadot ought to be allowed to play Cleopatra on screen? All the Ancient Macedonian-Greek-Egyptian actresses in Hollywood are enraged at Gadot’s cultural appropriation, and we’ll try to figure out what to make of the fracas (though some think it’s a mere ruckus).

All that and songs by Vxodoo Daddy and Evja!


 2020-10-15  1h23m