The panel discusses terror tunnels, Nazi imagery, fears from the Italian Jewish community and a new ad telling Israel what is best for it.
A Hamas operative, captured by the IDF outside of Gaza, gave information regarding the organization’s infrastructure and plans for further attacks, utilizing its network of terror tunnels. The panel discusses the impact this might have on the population in the South; the reasons for the timing of the release of this information; and whether the IDF is prepared for potential future aggression.
In breaking news — brought to the panel by VOI news director Mordechai Twersky — photos of a number of Israeli politicians and a Supreme Court justice dressed as Nazis were recently posted online from the United States, where doing so is protected as “freedom of speech.” The panel discusses the level of discourse in politics, and debates whether these types of postings are incitement.
Then, the panel discusses the appointment of former Italian parliamentarian Fiamma Nirenstein as Israel’s ambassador to Italy. Many Italian Jews fear this will subject the community to allegations of “dual loyalty.” In this context, the panel addresses the environment in the United States, where this same issue is rising to the surface over the Iran nuclear accord.
Finally, the panel is outraged by the letter appearing in the LA Jewish Journal, signed by 98 Hollywood “movers and shakers,” stating they support the Iran agreement because “it is in Israel’s best interest.” Certainly, the panel agrees, people have a right to decide what they think about the agreement. But do they have the right to tell Israel what is in its best interest?
Host: Glen Ladau
Panel: Mottle Wolfe, Daniel Seaman, Mordechai Twersky and Judy Lash Balint listen now