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.

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The “Winners & Losers, Accusers & Excusers” Edition

Are the ultra-Orthodox parties the big “winners” of the new coalition? Do we need an app that allows us to virtually visit old military outposts in Lebanon? Is it the responsibility of Israelis abroad to present Israel in a good light?



The “Judges and Grudges, Libel and Bible” Edition

What do we make of Bibi's supporters who say he's persecuted by a cabal of leftist judges and journalists? Are leftists leaving Israel as “political exiles”? As we celebrate Shavuot, we ask: what are we to do with the Torah in 2020?



The “Vision of No Vision” 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 Vision of No Vision-- Prime Minister Netanyahu and...



The “Small Screen, Big Government” Edition

We discuss: our new and biggest gov' in history; whether broadcasting live Supreme Court hearings will add to the stature of the court, or diminish it; whether or not an Evangelical cable TV station broadcasting in Hebrew should keep its license.



The “A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma Tucked in a Virus” Edition

We discuss the Supreme Court’s earth-shaking verdict, why Israel is suddenly racing to undo coronavirus restrictions, and a crowdsource campaign to pay the legal fees for a British woman assaulted by Israeli young men in Cyprus



The “Pandemic & Patriarchy” Edition

Who killed the Labor Party? Is art an essential need, and should artists receive priority governmental support? How might the coronavirus be a feminist issue, and is it time for “feminist civil disobedience?”


 2020-04-30  1h21m

The “What is Israeli?” Edition

What do we need to know about the just signed coalition agreement? Do Israelis have less of a stomach for COVID-19 deaths than people in other countries? On this independence day we ask, what is Israeli?


 2020-04-23  1h20m

The “Still Wandering the Desert” Edition

Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and Wunderkind critic Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. --No Go Tiations-- Why, O Why, can’t...


 2020-04-16  1h30m

The “Dialectics of Dayenu” Edition

Labor plans to merge into Blue & White? Why are most COVID-19 victims Ultra-Orthodox? Does the song Dayenu say something profound about Israeli politics?


 2020-04-08  1h15m

The “What Gantz Wants” Edition

What the hell is behind Gantz’s decision to abandon his allies in the center and join Bibi as his deputy? Will the Coronavirus kill off Reagan-Thatcherite neoliberal economics, drawing us back to being a social democracy?


 2020-04-02  1h9m