Episode 4: The Politics of Petulance

Judith Levy and Damian Counsell
Dec 4, 2012
Direct Link to MP3 File

In the week the Palestinian Authority won non-member observer status at the UN, Judith and Damian try to draw some comparisons between the respective public manners of natives of the US, the UK, and Israel and the way the diplomats of those countries go about their business.

Is “Israeli diplomacy” an oxymoron? And, if so, are there cultural reasons for Israel’s clumsiness? During the podcast, you’ll hear thedifference between being run over by a driver in Tel Aviv and one in New York and learn about a British MP with a Hitler haircut who had a problem with Britain having a Jewish ambassador to Israel.

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  1. Pseudodionysius

    I can’t think of a better example of an intelligent, witty program to counter the fluff that Trace quite rightly takes issue with in his Member Feed post this morning. This is a very solid podcast and a joy to listen to: especially when Judith gets fired up.

  2. swatter

    Haven’t listened but expecting lots of new stuff.

    Such a trove of history, politics and intrigue to be had in the Israeli world. And, the British take is also good.

    Definitely my favorite podcast.

  3. Doctor Bean

    Thank you for another terrific episode.

  4. Leveret

    And such heroic output! (same goes with NTK w/Charen and Nordlinger).

    Hope it keeps up.

  5. Orion

    Great Job! Thanks.

  6. Nobody

    I actually like the robust, confident Israeli Jew of which you speak, and I identify with him (or her, as the case may be).

    But, of course, I’m not a liberal.

  7. swatter

    Got done listening. The duo went on yet another interesting tangent.

    Maybe because I live in upper left coast, but that was a very passionate Israeli defending her/their rights to a country. First time I have heard that. Thank you very much, Judith.

    Maybe as an idea, but at one time, pre-Arafat, Israelis and Jordanians lived and worked in relative peace. And then the bombings and those living outside Israel weren’t coming in to the state as frequent and didn’t do jobs. About that time, if my recollection is correct, the Jordanians standard of living rapidly declined.

    My point: throwing out the “it ain’t going to happen” reality, is there any way or is there anything in common between the Arabs and the Israelis? Or, are we relegated to another 2000 years of fighting.

  8. Judith Levy, Ed.
    C

    Folks, very quickly, I just wanted to pop in and say thank you for listening, and for your wonderfully kind comments! I know I speak for Damian as well as myself when I say it’s great to get such warm and encouraging feedback. I can’t write more at the moment because we’re just back from a school Chanuka party and I’m trying to get my kids to bed, but wanted to be sure to send you a greeting.

    Swatter, in haste, Arabs and Israelis have a zillion things in common, which is why this is all ultimately such a heartbreaking story. I’m convinced that with better leadership on their side, all of this would have been sorted out long ago and we would both be thriving. (Our leadership has been weak at times as well, but theirs has been catastrophic.) More on this to come. 

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