From the Second Intifada to October 7th (with Daniel Gordis)

EconTalk | 1 January 2024 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Gordis discussing why Hamas’s massacre of October 7th is different and is an existential threat to Israel; why Israelis are demanding a different response to Hamas than they have in the past; and how and why this war will change Israel and the Jewish people. Draws from his book his book If a Place Can Make You Cry: Dispatches from an Anxious State.

To my beloved readers. I know that many of you feel deeply for the Palestinian predicament. This site seeks to build understanding of how the world really works based on interviews with insightful writers. This interview conveys how Israelis are thinking and feeling: their resolve, their anxiety about being unsafe anywhere else in the world, and their very real fear that the war with Hamas is unwinnable. Russ Roberts has been showing us with EconTalk how to be wiser and lead better lifes since 2006. His on-the-ground perspective on this issue is valuable. Experience has taught me that where I think Russ is wrong, I have misunderstood, and it’s me that is wrong. Are you sure you don’t want to listen to this? Regardless, please forgive me – I can’t change my sympathy for the Israeli cause.

See also the EconTalk interview with Daniel Gordis about his book Impossible Takes Longer.

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