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July 5, 2015 / 18 Tammuz, 5775
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Posts Tagged ‘Yishai Fleisher’

What Makes the IDF Special; the Lag BaOmer Victory; Rescue in Nepal; and Crazy Coalition-Building

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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The Israel Defense Force is not like other armies, says Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan, who spoke at the Israel Law Center’s “Towards a New Law of War” conference.

Then, why do we light bonfires on the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer? Historian and author Rabbi Ken Spiro, senior lecturer and researcher for Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Seminars and the JerusalemU, tells Yishai that the victory of Lag BaOmer is the victory of Torah over Roman paganism, and therefore is a continuation of the victory of the Maccabees over the anti-Jewish edicts of the Greeks.

Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Yossi Fraenkel, operations officer of the International Unit at ZAKA — the Israeli emergency response team that specializes in rescue and body identification and extraction — to talk about his organization’s efforts in Nepal, following the earthquake. Yishai talks about Or Asraf, the Israeli hiker who went missing there, and Israeli teams, including Asraf’s buddies from the army, flew to Kathmandu to help find his body.

Finally, a political bomb shell: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who resigned Monday, just quit the coalition negotiations and will become part of the opposition. Yishai is joined by VOI’s political correspondent Raoul Wootliff to discuss the move. They hear from MK Danny Danon, who gets feisty in defense of his party, the Likud. Then Yishai rants about Jimmy Carter.

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The Roots of Racism, and the Difference Between the US and Israel

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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Yishai is joined in-studio by Jerusalem Post op-ed editor Seth Frantzman and editorial page editor Matthew Wagner to discuss the violent protests held by Ethiopian Israelis over the past few days. They talk about the roots of the rage, and the extent of discrimination against Jews in the Jewish state.

Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Joel Pollak, editor-at-large and in-house counsel for Breitbart.com, to discuss the similarities and differences between the US and Israel. Pollak says that whereas America is based on a philosophy, Israeli society is more ethnic and connected to the land. In the US, people are very mobile, moving around for school and work, and reinvent themselves easily. Pollak also talks about Israel’s growth and the American administration’s Iran gambit.

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Israeli Sovereignty in Jerusalem, and the Second-Chance Holiday

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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Yishai is joined by Alan Elsner, vice president for communications at the ultra-liberal Jewish organization J Street, to discuss the future of the two-state solution and the challenges connected with Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. Why are Arabs rioting there?

Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Rabbi Mike Feuer to discuss Second Passover, a bona fide biblical holiday that many people have never heard of. What are the secrets of this holiday? What is the big deal about blasphemy?

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Israel Energy, Nepal, and Whether Israel Owes Its Birth to the UN

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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Yishai is joined in-studio by Tamir Druz, director of Capra Energy Group, an independent energy consulting firm advising different governments, among them Israel’s, to answer some key questions. Is natural gas the fuel of choice and why? What about pollution? Is the air in Israel’s third largest city, Haifa, really harmful? And why do gas prices keep fluctuating?

Then, Yishai is joined via phone by Arjun, a Nepalese national, who describes the situation on the ground in Kathmandu following the earthquake.

Finally, Yishai is joined in-studio by Eugene Kontorovich, law professor at Northwestern University and senior fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum, to discuss how the narrative of Israel’s birth has an impact on its future. He says that If Israel is a product of the UN Partition Plan, then it makes sense for it to be shrunk at some point. On the other hand, if Israel’s original borders clearly encompass Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”), then maybe its future is to remain there. Kontorovich also lays out the dangers of a potential anti-Israel Security Council resolution.

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A Jewish Swede Persecuted on the Temple Mount, and How Civilizations Die

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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Yishai is joined in-studio by Swedish-Jewish journalist and political consultant Annika Hernroth-Rothstein to talk about what it is like to be so persecuted as a Jew where you live that you apply for asylum in your own country. Annika, a regular contributor to the Jerusalem Post, Israel Hayom, Commentary and Mosaic Magazine, tells Yishai that in spite of having experienced anti-Semitism on many occasions, she found herself far more frightened during a visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Israel Independence Day.

Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by David P. Goldman, an American economist, music critic and author, known for his series of online essays in the Asia Times under the pseudonym Spengler, and for his 2011 book “How Civilizations Die.” Goldman discusses what he calls the miracle of Israel’s high birth rate, as compared with those countries, like Iran, whose demographics are falling off a cliff. He also explains why China and the Chinese people are fascinated by Israel.

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Chabad in Nepal, San Remo Day, and Israeli Earthquake Preparedness

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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Yishai is joined, via phone from Bankok, by Chabad Rabbi Nechemia Wilhelm, who is in touch with Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz and his wife Chani, serving in Nepal. They discuss how Chabad, an organization that provides Jewish services to locals and travelers all over the world, is dealing with the fallout of the massive earthquake and avalanches that have plagued the region.

Then, Yishai makes an impassioned plea to the next education minister to create “San Remo Day.” He says that very few people are aware that April 25, 1920 was crucial in the international legal standing for the establishment of the state of Israel nearly three decades later. Marking the signing of the San Remo Treaty, he says, will help Israeli students learn the truth about Israel’s legal rights.

Finally, Yishai is joined in-studio by Jerusalem Post op-ed editor Seth Frantzman and editorial page editor Matthew Wagner to discuss the earthquake in Nepal, a place with which Israelis have a special connection. They also talk about Israel’s expertise in dealing with natural disasters, and whether Israel is prepared for earthquakes of its own.

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Israel Independence in the Druze Community and Why Israel Is Organic in Its Land

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Yishai is joined in-studio by Ata Farhat, chairman of the Druze Zionist Council, to talk about his community’s celebration of Israeli independence. Though of a different religion and culture, the Druze fight in Israel’s wars and consider themselves an integral part of the Israeli nation-state. Find out why.

Then, Yishai rants about the beauty of Israeli independence. He says that while Israel’s enemies paint the Jewish state as foreign to the Middle East landscape, the truth is that there is nothing more organic — more holistic — than the Jewish people being back in Judea.

Finally, for his “Spiritual Cafe” segment, Yishai is joined by Rabbi Mike Feuer to discuss issues of Jewish statehood. Is there such a thing as “good” post-Zionism, for example? Rabbi Feuer sees Zionism as a holy re-entry vehicle into Jewish statehood. But is normalcy all Israel yearns for, or is there a grander vision?

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