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Podcast by Kobi Cohen
Sep 5, 2021
Between Jerusalem & New York – What are we blindsided about (With Moshe Samuels)
Between Jerusalem & New York – What are we blindsided about When gaps between Israel & Israelis to American Jewry grow, one Jew wanted to expand the conversation and alter the dialogue. Moshe Samuels, CEO of Shazur & co-creator of the acclaimed Israeli TV miniseries “The New Jew” is one of those people working to bring Israeli point of view to Americans and American Jews POV to Israelis. The New Jew starred Guri Alfi, one of Israel’s most acclaimed comedians, and was aired on primetime on Kan 11, Israel’s National Broadcasting Network. I am excited to have him as our guest today to discuss The New Jew, why it was important to create it and what Israelis & Americans are blindsided to. Shanna Tova from Balagan. We are taking a short break and will be back after the holidyas!
Aug 24, 2021
Alef Ohel, Beit ze Ba’yit - the Tents Protest of 2011
On a hot day of July 14th 2011, a small group of young Tel-Avivians left their overpriced rented apartments and set their new place in tents on Rothschild boulevard in Tel Aviv. This act made a huge wave and pushed hundreds of thousands of citizens to become activists and join them in tent “cities” within cities across the state, demanding the government to solve the high costs of housing in Israel. The pick of the protest was on September 3rd when the “1 Million March” gathered hundreds of thousands of citizens to rally. I am honored to be joined by Shir Nosatzki, a social activist and founder and CEO of “Have you seen the horizon recently”, who was one of the leaders of the largest protest ever seen in Israel to tell us more.
Aug 16, 2021
Ice cream, the BDS movement and Populism with Jeff Becker
A tale of Ice cream and strong hypocrisy – What is going on with Ben & Jerry’s decision around the West Bank and who benefits from it?
Jul 19, 2021
The Rally that started the change with Nitzan Waisberg
This week’s episode is a throwback to last years one of the most DEFINING EVENTS, which led to the political shift in Israel, later on. The 1st large scale rally, by the official residence of Israel’s Prime Minister in Jerusalem, occurred on July 14th, and was called the Bibistillia, an homage to the French Bastille Day, named after the famous Prison in Paris, that has become a symbol to the French revolution. Why were the people protesting, who was behind it and more was told by Nitzan Waisberg, an Israeli patriot and a social activist, who took part in the rallies against former PM Netanyahu. The episode was originally aired on July 19th 2020. Enjoy!
Jul 12, 2021
"Bibism has ruined the Likud" with Binyamin Lachkar
Netanyahu's rule in the last couple of years was a roller coaster ride not just for his opposition but also to his allies and even to his own party - the Likud. Bibism, just like Trumpism, has become a term used often in Israel to explain the blind support Netanyahu got from many of his supporters. BUT, not all Likudniks were big fans of his ways. I am happy to host my friend Binyamin Lachkar. Binyamin made Aliyah from France in 1996 and he had been a Likud member for more than 20 years. He is a former member of the Likud central committee and leader of the « liberalim ba'likud » the free market caucus of the party. He lives in Jerusalem, married + 3, and is the owner of a branding and graphic design firm
Jul 5, 2021
Life in the south with Hila Fenlon
Darom Adom Festival was a spinoff for the name given by the IDF to the alarm system that alerts the residents of the Gaza border every time a rocket launches from Gaza, called Tzeva Adom (Red Color). First rocket, fired in 2001, and after 20 years of constant rockets fired from Gaza, it seems that the only thing changed is the Hamas capabilities and abilities. How is it like to live in the Northern Negev, under ongoing rocket launches, without knowing when Hamas will fire next and where it will fall? Does the Iron Dome allow the residents to sleep in peace? Hila Fenlon who lives in Netiv Ha’Asara, an Israeli Moshav located less than 300 meters from the northern border with Gaza, is a tough farmer who is here to tell us more about life in the south and how she sees the future.
Jun 20, 2021
30 years Operation Solomon - The Amazing story of the Aliyah from Ethiopia
Between May 24-25 of 1991, almost 15,000 Jews were airlifted to Israel in a military operation named Operation Solomon. In less than 36 hours a fleet of 35 Israeli Air Force, joined by El-Al planes and 1 Ethiopian Airways, fled 14,325 members of the Beita Yisrael community from Adis-Abba and brought them to Israel. Avezu Fanta, who was 4 months old when she took off with her family on one of these planes is here to share her family memories from the days prior to the operation, and after arriving in Israel.
Jun 15, 2021
Congrats to the Bennett-Lapid Government, but what will be it’s lifespan?
80 days after the election, on Sunday night of June 13th, the new government was sworn in, after winning a razor thin vote of 60 to 59. That marks the end of a 12 year era of Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister. The newly formed coalition is very eclectic and fragile and we are here to discuss how long this coalition can last.
Jun 7, 2021
40 years to Operation Opera with Colonel Zevik Raz
If it wasn’t for Israel, the world would have faced a nuclear Iraq. But at 16:00 of Sunday, June 7th 1981, a squadron of 8 F-16A’s joined by 3 pairs of F-15 A's to provide fighter support took off from Etzion base near Eilat, on their way east, traveling a total distance of 2,200 kilometers (Roundtrip), below Radar at . 3 hours later all planes were back safe and the mission was accomplished - The Nuclear reactor named Osirak was destroyed. The operation surprised the world, Israel was condemned by the international community, but in the long run was embraced for this bold move, as Saddam Housein’s Iraq was a threat to the area’s and the world stability. Colonel Ze’ev (Zevik) Raz, who led the attack is here to share with us about the attack, the days before and the days after the attack, and what is the thing he is proud of the most (Surprise - NOT the attack!). Raz served as Squadron commander and the Israeli Air Force Flight School commander, and was decorated with Chief of Staff Citation (Ramatkal award) for his leadership leading the operation. To watch a documentary on YouTube - Operation Opera - Israel's Raid on the Iraqi Reactor 1981
Jun 6, 2021
Ala Be'Yadi - Will the anti-Bibi alliance form a coalition?
“Ala Beyadi” (I have got it).On Wednesday night of June 2nd, with less than 30 minutes to spare until the end of the presidential mandate given to MK Yair Lapid, leader of the “Yesh Atid” party, Lapid advised the president he had enough support to form a government. The future coalition is not unified ideologically at all. It spans from Hard right wing to the far left with the religious Muslim Arab party of Ra'am in the coalition as well. But, that was only the first major step Lapid and his allies needed to get. Now they need to make sure that they can survive a confidence vote in the Knesset and be sworn in. What may happen until then? That is what I will discuss with my good friend Jeff Becker.
May 30, 2021
The disengagement with Oren Magnezy
The israeli disengagement from Gaza was the unilateral dismantling of the 21 settlements in the Gaza strip and the evacuation of the approximately 8,600 settlers and Israeli army from inside the Gaza strip, in August 2005. Even Though most Israelis supported the plan, it has been criticized from various viewpoints - By the Settlers and the Israeli right (Including a strong opposition within the Likud party), and by international organizations including the UN who still see the Gaza Strip as still under military occupation by Israel as Israel is still controlling Gaza’s air and maritime space, and 6 out of 7 land crossings, it also maintain a no-go buffer zone within the territory and Gaza is remains dependent on Israel for its water, electricity, telecommunications and other utilities. Who came up with the idea back in 2003? Why was the plan executed the way it was executed, and what did the decision makers think will happen afterwards? Oren Magnezy, my guest today, served as a se…
May 23, 2021
Why does the public need lobbyists? With Rachel Gur
Lobbying, generally in the name of corporate interests, has become a permanent feature of policy making in most democratic countries, including in the US and Israel. If the big companies are represented by lobbyists then who represents the people? Meet Lobby 99, the 1st and ONLY Public lobby which is working to represent the interests of the general Israeli public on a wide range of social-economic issues including banking reform, pension rights, healthcare and lowering the cost of living. Rachel Gur, an Israeli attorney, who worked as a advisor to an Israeli cabinet member for almost a decade and now serves as Director of Policy at Lobby 99, is to explain how to advance the public interest for the vast majority of the public that cannot afford to hire corporate lobbyists to represent them in the halls of power. To know more about Lobby 99 (And to support) - https://lobby99.org.il/en #Lobby99 #לובי99
May 13, 2021
Who ignited the current round of violence in Israel? With Jeff Becker
What is going on in Israel? More than 1500 rockets fired by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in the last 48 hours, after Hamas promised to hurt Israel for banning access to Dom of the Rock from Muslims. Ramadhan fest, the flag march on Jerusalem day, Sheich Jarach, all came down to a climax, but what ignited the ongoing round of violence, what is happening in Israel and Gaza, and why. That is what I am here to discuss with my friend Jeff Becker.
May 10, 2021
Who’s afraid of the Supreme Court of Israel? With Prof. Roy Peled
The Supreme court of Israel has been an ongoing target to the right-wing arrows, mostly around the claim that it prevents the government from ruling and the Knesset from passing laws that represent the majority’s wishes. All of that is because the court’s ruling on the legality of the Knesset legislation and decisions of state authorities. When did this tension began, Is the Supreme Court really a barrier to governance as the critics say or just playing it’s role as part of the separation of powers in Israel? And who can help me explain this better than the one and only, Dr. Roy Peled. Dr. Peled is an Administrative and Constitutional Law professor at the Haim Striks School of Law, College of Management – Academic Studies in Israel, a Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at UC Berkeley, and former CEO & Chairperson of the Movement for Freedom of Information in Israel.
May 1, 2021
The Histadrut – Not your typical worker’s Union
The Histadrut – Not your typical worker’s Union Special episode for May 1st! Israel’s worker's union, known as Histadrut Ha’Ovdim, was established by the socialist Zionists in 1920. Unlike worker unions abroad, its early days' mission was greater than just worrying about worker’s rights. Its political power was greater than any other union and for many years it had many leverages to use when negotiating with the governments. Its role in the establishment of Israel was unlike any other workers union and has effects on Israel’s economical structure until today. Along with my guest, we will tell the story of Israel’s most influential organization outside of the government and the IDF. I am happy to have today with me Professor Udi Manor, of Haifa University. Professor Manor’s main area of interest is Political History of the Jewish people in Modern times. He published 12 books, 50 articles and is an acclaimed speaker #Histadrut #Socialism #Israelworkers
Apr 28, 2021
Netanyahu's acts explained with Jeff Becker
*Disclaimer - Episode recorded prior to Netanyahu's acts around nominating Minister of Justuice. On May 4th the 28 days given to Benjamin Netanyahu to form a coalition will pass. Meanwhile the Political chaos grows, tension between Jews and Arabs escalates in Jerusalem and with Hamas in Gaza. What is happening? Along with my friend Jeff Becker we will discuss these topics and try to guess what will happened.
Apr 13, 2021
Can Netanyahu form a coalition? with Jeff Becker
The 24th Knesset began its work after the MK’s swore oath, on April 6. Prior, President Reuven Rivlin on Monday gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the first crack at forming a government but noted that he was doing so reluctantly, both because no party leader appeared to have enough support to succeed at cobbling together a ruling coalition and because he had “moral and ethical” reservations given that Netanyahu is on trial for corruption. Netanyahu will now have 28 days to try to muster a coalition that can win majority support in the Knesset, but, given that he only has the backing of 52 out of 120 lawmakers, it will be a challenge. Netanyahu was endorsed by his Likud party, with 30 seats, Shas, with 9; United Torah Judaism, 7; and Religious Zionism, 6. Lapid was recommended as prime minister by 45 lawmakers (Yesh Atid 17, Blue and White 8, Yisrael Beytenu 7, Labor 7, Meretz 6), and Naftali Bennett by the seven members of his own Yamina party. The three parties that mad…
Mar 29, 2021
The Conductor. The story of Isaiah 'Si' Kenen
He wasn’t the most connected, and he wasn’t the most famous, but his commitment was the greatest - Isaiah Si Kenen was a passionate Zionist who changed the relationship and America’s commitment to the establishment to Israel. Along with my friend Kobby Barda, who researched AIPAC and learned it’s history we will dive and discuss this person, who made an impact and it’s ongoing influence today. Kobby Barda is a Ph.D. candidate at Haifa University and the author of “AIPAC’s Grassroots Path to Congress''. If you wish to read Kobby’s research about Isaiah Kenen, President Eisenhower, and Aid to Israel During the Suez Crisis press the link - https://www.cambridge.org/engage/coe/article-details/5f6900135c1dab00193d210a To purchase Kobby’s book AIPAC’s Grassroots Path to Congress: How Isaiah Kenen Built AIPAC to Be A Powerhouse use this link - https://www.amazon.com/AIPACs-Grassroots-Path-Congress-Powerhouse/dp/9659278853
Mar 24, 2021
Post-Election Special with Jeff Becker
The people of Israel spoke again. But when will we know what they said? And whether what they said aligns with what they wanted? Along with my friend Jeff Becker, we will dive a little to give you the best perspective on who won, when we will have the final results, and what we should expect. Join us for a temporary Aftermath, before we actually know the final count of votes, analyzing the winners and losers, and guessing what will happen. You can listen to this episode on - Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganSpotify Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganApple Google Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganGoogle Amazon Music - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganAmazon
Mar 15, 2021
The decline of the Israeli left and will the Ultra-Orthodox hurt Netanyahu with Jeff Becker
You can listen to this episode on - Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganSpotify Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganApple Google Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganGoogle Amazon Music - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganAmazon
Mar 7, 2021
Israelis' Distrust in State Institutions Is Turning Into an Existential Threat with Nadan Feldman
A year has passed since Covid-19 hit the world. Israel, relatively, was one of the states hurt the most, at least in the OECD. Even though it has one of the best medical services in the world, Israel has one of the highest rates of deaths per capita (with more than 5,569 people died up until February 21st). Is it the lack of strategy, rapid and random decision making, and changing restrictions, that made Israelis less and less tolerant to governmental guidelines, or is it the Political mess, lack of leadership, and the distrust in Prime Minister Netanyahu himself and his cabinet? One thing is sure - After 3 quarantines with poor results restraining the Virus, Israeli’s are less obedient and it seems that the political mess hurt the public’s trust. Nadan Feldman is a Haaretz correspondent on Global Economy, a Ph.D. candidate in history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and he is here with me today to discuss this matter. Haaretz subscribers can read Nadan’s article here. F…
Mar 1, 2021
The Reform movement in Israel - with Rabbi Noa Sattath & Rabbi Josh Weinberg
The ultra-Orthodox Rabbinical institutions control almost every aspect of life in Israel and narrow all other denominations' actions. Over the years there are voices who challenge the Ultra-Orthodox and the Israeli politicians in this area. The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the social justice arm of the Reform Movement in Israel is one of the strongest voices working to gain equality, religious freedom, and Pluralism. Along with my guests - Rabbi Noa Sattath, director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Vice President of United Reform Judaism (URJ) for Israel and Reform Zionism & Executive Director of ARZA; we will review how things look like in Israel You can listen to the Podcast on - Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganSpotify Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganApple Google Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganGoogle Amazon Music - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganAmazon
Feb 22, 2021
The Runner-Ups - Who are the main players in the legislative elections for the 24th Knesset with Nili Richman
The official starting pistol fired its shot at 10 PM on February 4th, 2021, when the Likud Party’s list was submitted to the Central Election Committee. 39 parties in total submitted and will contest in the upcoming election with 14 main players with actual chances of being elected. And today I’m joined by a dear friend - Nili Reichman, CEO & Founder of Humanizing - Public Identity Branding. Nili is an experienced consultant in the fields of communication strategies, specializes in political campaigns and crisis management. In the past, she worked closely with both PM Netanyahu, Leader of New Hope Giedeon Sa’ar and chairman of Yesh Atid party MK Yair Lapid. You can listen to the Podcast on - Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganSpotify Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganApple Google Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganGoogle Amazon Music - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganAmazon
Feb 14, 2021
Episode 27 - The puppeteer (Or how Netanyahu orchestrated the split in the Arab Joint List and to minimize the potential votes lose within Israeli Ultra Right)
39 parties registered for the upcoming legislative elections in Israel. 2 interesting stories lay on the edges - The split in the Arab parties, between Mansour Abas and RAAM party from the Joint List & what happened between Yamina & the Ultra right Jewish parties, with a last-minute merger between Betzalel Smotrich’s “religious Zionism Alliance & Kahana’s successor Itamar Ben-Gvir’s Otazma Yehudit who earlier that week merged with NOAM, the Anti-LGBTQ religious party, leaving Hagit Moshe & the Jewish Home out of the game. Along with my friend Jeff Becker, we will dive into what happened behind the scenes. You can listen to the Podcast on - Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganSpotify Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganApple Google Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganGoogle Amazon Music - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganAmazon
Feb 3, 2021
Episode 26 - How can we strengthen the Bond with American Jewry with Shira Ruderman
In the past couple of years, there was great tension between the Israeli government and Israelis with many of our brothers in the US. A lot was shed over the Kotel compromise and the Conversion Law along with the close relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Donald Trump has brought tension to new heights. But, under the carpet, and tremendous efforts are being made in Israel to strengthen the bond. Along with my guest today I will discuss where do we, Israelis, stand in our relationship with our American brothers and sisters, what we did wrong, and what is being done today from the Israeli side of the equation in order to narrow the growing gaps and make a shift in Israeli approach and policies in order to find a w path in order to bring a new horizon to the Israeli-American Jewry relations. Shira Ruderman is a professional philanthropist and social activist. She serves as the Executive Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation, a priva…
Jan 28, 2021
Why is Israel under a 3rd lockdown With Jeff Becker
On December 27th Israel entered its 3rd lockdown after failing to contain CoVid-19. The number rose high even though more than 2.4 million people already received the 1st shot. In the past week, the government decided to extend the lockdown for 2 more weeks and may extend it again. Some critics said the lockdown was due to PM Netanyahu’s trials. The hearing, dated January 8th was postponed and the opposition says that is the main reason for the lockdown timing. BUT, another reason for this lockdown is Netanyahu’s coalition allies. Looking at the numbers show that the “Hardeim” are leading with the number of active cases with almost 40% of the total population. The police are hardly enforcing the rules among the Ultra-Orthodox communities and bringing tension to new heights. Why is that happening and how come none of the politicians say a word? You can listen to the Podcast on - Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganSpotify Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganAppl…
Jan 21, 2021
Episode 24 - It’s NOT the system DUMMY! With Dr. Einat Wilf
Most Israelis agree that Israel going to a 4th election term in 2 years proved the Israeli system of government is failing. Along with my guest Dr. Einat Wilf we will discuss where are we REALLY failing and what Israeli decision-makers really need to focus on. Dr. Wilf is an author and a leading thinker on matters of foreign policy, economics, education, Israel, and Zionism. She was a member of the Israeli Parliament from 2010-2013, where she served as Chair of the Education Committee and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Dr. Wilf is also the author of the book “It’s not the electoral system DUMMY!” explaining why Israel’s political problems lie somewhere else. You can listen to the Podcast on - Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganSpotify Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganApple Google Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganGoogle Amazon Music - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganAmazon
Jan 14, 2021
Will DEMOCRATIT be the next election lightning catcher? With Eran Etzion
Once in a couple of years, a new kid comes to the playground of Israeli politics. That small party, which at many times nobody takes seriously, becomes the election's surprise and usually has the power to make an impact on shaping the new government. At most times that party also vanishes after a while - DASH in 1977, SHINUI between 1999-2003, GIL (HaGimlaim) between 2006-2009. Those parties usually enjoy the support of many Left-wingers who are disappointed with the system and looking for something “New” & “Clean” without understanding the political game. In the upcoming election, we have many new players but only one is based on the Balfour rallies - DEMOCRATIT. My guest today is Eran Etzion, Democracy and Public policy entrepreneur and a Candidate in Israel's newly established DEMOCRATIT party primaries. Formerly a senior diplomat and strategist who served as Deputy Head of Israel's National Security Council, and Head of Policy Planning in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs…
Dec 28, 2020
Here we go again – Israel calls 4th election in 2 years
The 23rd Knesset officially dispersed as the clock struck midnight on Tuesday night, and the deadline to approve a 2020 budget expired, sending Israelis to the polls for the fourth time in less than two years. Elections were automatically called for 90 days from now, namely March 23, 2021. The failure to pass a budget came just seven months after the swearing-in of the “unity government” between Likud and Blue and White. The two parties, which had fought each other bitterly in three indecisive elections, agreed to form a power-sharing government with a rotating premiership between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz in May. What happened, and what should we expect? Kobi & Jeff explain.
Dec 24, 2020
Israel between the 2 giants with Dr. Ehud Eiran
Israel’s long term strong alliance is challenged not just by Israel’s relations with the Palestinians and the US reaction to Israel’s policies, but by other global players. In today’s episode, I will discuss China’s uprise as a global player and its impact on Israeli-American relations, and what we may see under President Biden's administration. Dr. Ehud (Udi) Eiran, a senior lecturer and a US associate professor of International Relations at the University of Haifa in Israel and an active Board member at Mitvim – a leading Israeli thinktank. Dr. Eiran is also the author of 2 books & numerous academic articles. To read more about Dr. Eiran – https://fsi.stanford.edu/people/ehud-eiran To read more about Mitvim - https://mitvim.org.il/en/
Dec 14, 2020
Benjamin Netanyahu’s Era in Politics – 1999-2009
In our 10th episode, we discussed PM Netanyahu’s rise in the public sphere until his defeat to Ehud Barak on May 17th, 1999. In this episode, I consulted with Mr. Eli Vered Hazan on the reasons for his loss and how he paved his way back into power. We were only able to cover 1999-2009, so stay tuned for a future episode. You can listen to the Podcast on - Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganSpotify Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganApple Google Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganGoogle Amazon Music - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganAmazon
Nov 25, 2020
The Ultra-Orthodox Challenge for Israel's economy with Professor Dan Ben David
The Corona crisis uncovered sensitive challenges Politicians refused to own, but are big and have a far bigger impact on Israel’s future. The Ultra-Orthodox communities’ separatism from the state of Israel, refusing to integrate into Modern Israel, while using their political power to budget their way of living, of the state’s budget, growing in numbers yearly and becoming a challenge for the state of Israel. How long can this go along? Professor Dan Ben-David, A world knowen researcher of Economic Growth & Development and Israel Economy, President and Founder of the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research is here with me to discuss the challenges with the “Hardeim” and what the state of Israel needs to do. To read more of Prof. Ben-David and the Shoresh institution please check their website at - https://shoresh.institute/ You can listen to the Podcast on - Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganSpotify Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganApple Google Po…
Nov 16, 2020
A different Approach in Israel's society & Politics with Yair Assulin
Democracies are failing. Civil society is in a crisis. In Israel, it is more sensitive due to the big disagreements around state and religion, the occupation, corruption, and much more. But' our guest has a different point of view with an interesting solution - Yair Assulin, born in 1986, studied philosophy and history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Drive is the first of two novels he has written and for which he won Israel's Ministry of Culture Prize and the Sapir Prize for debut fiction. To read more about Yair and his book "The Drive" that was translated into English please check the following link - https://newvesselpress.com/authors/yair-assulin/#:~:text=Yair%20Assulin%2C%20born%20in%201986,Sapir%20Prize%20for%20debut%20fiction.
Nov 2, 2020
Where were you when Rabin was assassinated? *SPECIAL EPISODE*
November 4th marks 25 years of the assassination of Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin by Yigal Amir. The murderer, a Modern Orthodox Law student, was influenced by the toxic environment of the growing opposition to the Oslo accord led by than head of Opposition, MK Benjamin Netanyahu. It seems that no real discussion was made and no real lesson learned. Israeli democracy is weakening while no real discussions are made. Different individuals seek to fade Rabin’s memory and Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination from Israel’s history. What was happening in those days and how it is connected to what is happening today in Israel? Along with Jeff Becker I have shared my personal experience as a teenager living in Jerusalem in the years prior to the murder, and the days after the murder of the late PM Yitzhak Rabin. You can listen to the Podcast on - Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/BalaganSpotify Apple Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganApple Google Podcasts – https://tinyurl.com/BalaganGoogle A…
Oct 26, 2020
Why Israel doesn’t have a Constitution with Eeki Elner
Unlike in the US, the state of Israel doesn’t have a constitution, but a set of Basic Laws. The idea of a constitution was brought in the declaration of independence, who gave a mandate to the “Founding Assembly” to form a constitution, based upon it the political formation of Israel will be built. The Founding Assembly did not fulfill its purpose, and the question of a constitution is very sensitive in Israel and we are here to explain what happened, does Israel even need a Constitution, and what is the status today. Eeki Elner, the founder and CEO of the Israel Leadership Institute, The Israel Leadership Institute North America - based in Ohio, and a Motivational speaker, has a long-lasting public career. Among his past roles is Advisor to the Minister of Education (Prof. Amnon Rubinstein), who was a co-founder of the Freedom of Religion Coalition in Israel and many other activities. Eeki served as the CEO of “Constitution for Israel” under Professor Uriel Reichmann and…
Oct 18, 2020
Israeli Democracy is under attack. Is it really in danger? with Uri Zaki
Israeli Democracy is under attack. Is it really in danger? That was my discussion with Uri Zaki. Uri is the founder of The Front & Chair of the Meretz Executive Board Following military service as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, Uri embarked on a career that that focused on promoting peace and challenging the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. He was a senior advisor to former Justice Minister and peace camp leader, Yossi Beilin. He took part in the talks that formulated the Geneva initiative and was the main spokesperson of the initiative. Between 2010-2013 Uri was the Director of B’Tselem USA, a Washington-based non-profit representing the Israeli human rights organization in the US. Uri later was the Israel Advocacy & Public Outreach Consultant at Human Rights Watch. Uri held several positions in the Meretz Party, among them Chair of Young Meretz, Member of the Executive Board, and President of the Governing Assembly. In the 2019 national elections, he…
Oct 9, 2020
Solidarity in NOT a bad word with Nir Reisler
In days of Polarization, Along with Nir Reisler, we discussed the special views of Berl Katznelson – One of the Intellectual founders of the Labor Zionism, who was able to include Nationalism, Socialism & Universalism under one roof. We were also able to make the distinction between Socialism and Communism and between Nationalism and Patriotism. Nir Reisler is the Editor of “Seventy Faces to Zionism” and the Content Manager of the Berl Katzanelson Foundation.
Sep 28, 2020
20 Years to the 2nd Intifada with Dr. Ido Zelkovitz
September 28th 2000 marked the 1st day of the 2nd Intifada, also known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada. More than 1,000 Israelis and 5,000 Palestinians died in this bloody era. Along with Dr. Ido Zelkovitz, we tried to understand, what happened, what’s sparked the 2nd Intifada, and what was Yasser Arafat’s (Former chairman of the PLO and President of the Palestinian Authority) part in the Intifada. Dr. Zelkovitz is an Israeli historian and researcher of the modern Middle East. He is a research fellow at the University of Haifa, a Policy fellow at Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Affairs, and the Head of Middle Eastern Studies at the Yisrael Valley College.
Sep 23, 2020
Why most Israelis LOVE Donald Trump
Along with my friend Kobby Barda, author of “The Key to Understanding Donald J. Trump: The president who broke the rules of the game”, we discussed the most controversial president Donald Trump and why he is so popular in Israel. The book is available on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Key-Understanding-Donald-Trump-president-ebook/dp/B082HSZ4DH
Sep 11, 2020
The czar, Charedim & Netanyahu. Why is Israel failing dealing with Covid-19 with Jeff Becker
Bibi made Israel first! Israel has scored a record of averaging 4,000 tested positive Israelis a day, making Israel the state with most sick people per capita. Why is this happening? What are the political aspects of the failed policymaking and when will be a change, Will Bennet challenge Netanyahu and what is happening with Yair Lapid & Yesh Atid party? #BalaganPodcast #Netabyahu #YairLapid #IsraeliPolitics
Sep 6, 2020
A rising star - Benjamin Netanyahu's rise in Israeli Politics
There is no doubt that Benjamin Netanyahu is a skillful politician. But when did he first step in the political arena and how he dealt with "the Princes" of the Likud Party? Eli Vered Hazan tells us.
Aug 30, 2020
The Likud Party between 1977 to 1983
Along with Eli Hazan we review the Begin’s era as PM - From the “Mahapach”) Reverse / Change) in 1977 until Menachem Begin’s retirement. What were the biggest changes the Likud entered in Israeli politics of those days, what reforms were made, and what was the relationship withing the Likud’s leadership.
Aug 23, 2020
UAE-Israel Normalization deal explained
Who gains what from the UAE-Israel Normalization deal and why now, explained on BALAGAN with our guest Jeff Becker.
Aug 16, 2020
No Way! With Amir Haskel & Asaf Agmon
4 years ago Amir Haskel decided that enough is enough and started protesting ALONE against PM Netanyahu. Haskel, former pilot (Ranked Brigadier general) and a Holocaust researcher, decided he can not stand still while the PM is charged with corruption cases and that such man can not lead the state of Israel as we need higher morals and ethics. SO he started standing in the crossroad by his house with a sign and Israel flag. Soon many have followed. One of them was his old-time IAF pilot Asaf Agmon. Now they lead the No Way protests in Balfour. Let's hear what they have to say.
Aug 12, 2020
Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Menahem Begin & Herut Party - The Origins of the Likud
Eli Vered Hazan speaks to Kobi about the Likud Party - From a fighting opposition to the ruling party in Israel. Our 1st episode in the series discussed the origins and the founding fathers of the Likud Party - Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Menahem Begin, and Herut Party.
Jul 30, 2020
Episode 05 - Is Israel going to a 4th election with Jeff Becker
Is Israel’s unity government getting pushed to the brink? Will Netanyahu go for a 4th election? Is there anyone who can even replace him? Join Kobi Cohen with our guest host Jeff Becker for a special episode!
Jul 26, 2020
Episode 4# - Not your typical Protester
He is a Likud member and a small business owner and he demands answers! Meet Nir Levi who joined me to say what he wants from the government. He is NOT seeking to replace Bibi like other protestors, but he represents a growing voice who wants the government to stop improvising to take responsibility for what is happening and that is why he is on the streets protesting against the lack of policies along with others!
Jul 18, 2020
Episode 3 - The Bibistillia demonstration on July 14th 2020 - Special episode with Nitzan Waisberg
The demonstration in Jerusalem on June 14th, got the nickname “The Bibistilia day”. Thousands of people demonstrated together to protest against the policies or lack of policies the Israeli government is taking these days. The demonstrators come from different backgrounds and different groups - One group is called the “Shulman’s” and represents the self-employed, another group is named “Crime Minister” and until recently was focused on demonstrating against the attorney general of Israel, Avichai Mandhelblit, who some of them saying was helping PM Netanyahu to get away from his corruption cases. Another group is called the “Black Flags” and focuses on demonstrating against the Anti-Democratic measures the government is taking and defending the supreme court from the attacks by the PM supporters. Along with my guest, Ms. Nitzan Waisberg I will explain what is happening and why people protest.
Jul 10, 2020
Balagan #2 - The Coronavirus bill and it's implications explained
The Knesset passed an Emergency Coronavirus bill. Why? What are the implications and what does it mean? Kobi & our guest, Prof. Roy Peled ,Professor of constitutional and administrative law at the College of management in Israel and former chairperson of the Movement for Freedom of Information in Israel will dive deeper and explain.
Jun 21, 2020
Balagan - 1st Episode
Balagan is the ancient Persian term for a "mess". It's one of the most common words in Hebrew. Israeli politics seems like a big Balagan for many. I'm here to walk you through and bring some order to make things easier to understand. I invite you to join me and get a better understanding of how the Israeli political system works and placing things in order. I would love to get your feedback so please email me to email@example.com with any feedback you have : )