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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An Extraordinary Introduction to the Birth of Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (with Haviv Rettig Gur)

EconTalk | 18 December 2023 | 1h 40m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Haviv Rettig Gur about his article The forgotten horrors that hide in the Holocaust’s long, dark shadow. Discusses the origins of Israel – how European Jew-hatred gave birth to Zionism and the founding of the Jewish state in 1948; the rise of Palestinian terrorism and why the Palestinian experience and the Israeli experience are so incompatible; and places the Holocaust in a much broader European context.

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America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Michael Shermer Show | 27 October 2023 | 1h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Elan Journo about his book What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Discusses who really owns land; the British Mandate; Theodore Herzl, Zionism, Judaism, and Israel; territorial disputes; Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), Hezbollah (Party of God), and terrorism; Palestinian grievances; the Palestinian cause; whether Israel is a colonial conquering empire and/or an apartheid state; the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement; gender apartheid; Arabs, Muslims, and Palestinians as separate identities; the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO); Islam and Islamism; justice and its demands; freedom and individual autonomy as the starting point.

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The History and Ethics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict with Benny Morris

Conversations with Coleman | 10 February 2023 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Benny Morris backgrounding basic historical facts behind the Israel-Palestine conflict and discussing the ethics and the current politics of the conflict. Is Israel an apartheid state that’s oppressing a minority out of pure bigotry? Is it a colonialist, expansionist state motivated by religious belief? Or is it an embattled and legitimate nation-state surrounded by enemies that wants only to survive? Benny Morris has a unique vantage point on this issue. On the one hand, he is an Israeli Jew, and in recent years, he has become a major defender of Israel against global condemnation. On the other hand, he’s probably done more than almost anyone you could name, to discover and publicize Israel’s historical war crimes. He refused to serve in the Occupy West Bank Operation and was arrested as a result. His academic work on Israel is cited favorably by people like Noam Chomsky, who is all the way on the other side of the issue. Morris was at one point shunned by the Israeli academic community for being in essence “a traitor” to his people.

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Daniel Gordis on Israel and Impossible Takes Longer

EconTalk | 10 April 2023 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Gordis about his book Impossible Takes Longer. Looks at the successes and failures of Israel as it reaches 75 years old. Discusses the history of Zionism, the plight of the Palestinians, the Jewishness of the Jewish state, and the debate in Israel over judicial reform.

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Louis Fishman on Jews and Palestinians in the Late Ottoman Era

Turkey Book Talk | 26 October 2020 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Louis Fishman about his book Jews and Palestinians in the Late Ottoman Era, 1908-1914: Claiming the Homeland. Discusses how the late Ottoman era set the stage for the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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Zionism Explained to My Neighbor

Tel Aviv Review | 3 January 2020 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Yossi Klein Halevy discussing his book Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, which attempts to engage in Israeli-Palestinian dialogue while transcending the temptation to try to converge the conflicting narratives.

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My People, Our History

Tel Aviv Review | 8 June 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rashid Khalidi about his book, The 100 Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017. Discusses his family history and the history of the Palestinian national struggle against Israel and international forces arranged against Palestinian self-determination.

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