Despite Rosen’s best efforts at avoidance, this week the boys wade into the dominant news stories of the day, resulting in a half-hour about gun control. Would a constitutional amendment banning all private ownership of firearms cause a civil war? Should all Jews be armed? How many guns does one need to own an “arsenal?”
Eventually, Rosen pulls the show out of this track, just in time to focus on another topic in Goldbrener’s wheelhouse:
Would a unified Palestinian authority be good for the Jews?
One of your hosts knows a ton about the Middle East and has plenty to say about this, about Israeli-Palestinian (and Fatah-Hamas) relations, about the Israeli government and about the potential results of a unified Palestine. The other host just wants everyone to stop yelling.
On May Day, a walking intersectionality poster child (complete with crisp new “Free Palestine” t-shirt) sends the boys spinning off into an hour-long exploration of hot button issues that includes Dr. Goldbrener’s comprehensive history of the Middle East and Rosen’s supposing that DJT might be “crazy like a fox,” plus a focus on why San Francisco’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration has shrunken so precipitously since 2000.
All warm-up bouts for the week’s main event:
Is Hamas’ new “document of principles” for the Jews?
After a good run as Israel’s worst neighbor, an increasingly isolated Hamas has turned over a new leaf — sort of. While still officially dedicated to the destruction of Israel, the terrorists/governors’ new document includes language that suggests they might tolerate Jewish neighbors… for now. Is this a turning point? Is it a desperate ploy? Is it meaningless? Listen up as we break it down.
Rosen’s in a bad mood, but don’t let that stop you from joining the boys as they tackle the important issues of the day. This week, after they wade through psychosomatic illnesses and the root causes of local transit failure, they discuss the results of a Pew Research Report measuring “warmth” toward (or from?) Jews, then dive into one of the more controversial topics in the (Is it) Good for the Jews? universe, namely:
Is the one-state solution good for the Jews?
A spirited debate has followed the revelation that the present U.S. president “is fine either way.” Is a one-state solution preferable to the two-state solution? Is it even feasible? Is two-state a “sacred cow?” Follow the boys as they travel the familiar roller coaster of Middle Eastern politics from the relative safety of the Twilight Lounge.