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Podcast: Peter Berkowitz & Gadi Taub on the Deeper Causes of Israel’s Internal Conflict

March 16, 2023 | By: Peter Berkowitz & Gadi Taub

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To understand the dramas, disagreements, and protests roiling Israeli politics at this moment requires an understanding of the government’s proposed judicial reforms, as well as the history of Israel’s Supreme Court and its relationship to the Knesset. It also requires knowledge of Israeli society, and how the founding generations of Israel’s political leadership—which tended to be Ashkenazi, secular, and oriented to the political Left—have given way to an Israeli population that tends to be more ethnically diverse, more traditional and religious, and oriented toward the political Right.

That history, in turn, has got to be mapped onto the fact that Israel is also home to subcommunities that each have different historical relations to one another and to the government, and that are each pursuing different interests and outcomes. To understand this Israeli moment, in other words, requires understanding how each Israeli sector—Arab, haredi, secular, national religious—relates to the nation as a whole.

In this podcast, Jonathan Silver discusses the judicial reforms and those deeper causes together with the professor, media personality, and author Gadi Taub, as well as the political scientist and former State Department official Peter Berkowitz.

Musical selections in this podcast are drawn from the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, op. 31a, composed by Paul Ben-Haim and performed by the ARC Ensemble.

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More about: Jewish Political Thought  • Religion and State in Israel  • Tikvah Podcasts  • Zionism  

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