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 9: The “Leaders Come and Leaders Go” 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.

—9,499 Kilometers—

Washington lies 9,499 kilometers from Jerusalem, and yet the politics of the one affects the politics of the other. What, if anything, can we learn from the mess of American politics about the mess of Israeli politics?

—Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Zealots & Trump Jews—

Haaretz’s Anshel Pfeffer writes that Jews in Paris, Brasilia and Jerusalem splitting into two tribes: Trump Jews & Anti-Trump Jews. Does he have a point?

—“Your Rabin, Not Mine”—

An Minister in Israel says Rabin’s legacy means nothing to her. Is that cool?

—“I’ve Never Felt More American and Never Felt Less American”—

For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion, we talk about how we experienced the elections, in our different ways. Hint: At least one of us never felt more American and never felt less American, than he did at 3:30 am, Israel time, after the polls closed, pressing refresh over and over again like a rat pressing a pellet bar in a skinner box.

All that and the happy harmony of Moonshine!


 2020-11-05  1h15m