Goldbrener is back from Israel with tales of the Holy Land, leading the boys to dedicate the entire episode to his impressions of the Zionist homeland in 2018. What he saw (young people at clubs, no visible military presence) may surprise you, so let Rosen act as your clueless avatar, peppering his podcast partner with questions ranging from clueless to slightly-less-clueless.
But your Middle East-challenged host has other things on his mind this week, namely:
…what makes anti-semitism different from racism?
Rosen has been reading Marx and listening to John Roderick and Ken Jennings on The Omnibus and has come away with plenty of ideas about the nature of anti-semitism, capitalism and the origins of the world’s attitude toward The Chosen People. Join in and welcome back to the Twilight Lounge!
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.