Legal vs. Legitimate(50:39)
The airstrike in Syria, two laws passed by the Knesset, Jonathan Pollard's hero status and the rhetoric of gay pride are the topics of today's panel.
First, the panel talks about unconfirmed reports that five people — including three Hezbollah members — killed near Hader, Syria were targets of the Israel Air Force’s effort to kill Samir Kuntar, the terrorist responsible for the 1979 Nahariya terrorist attack. It remains unclear if Kuntar is among the dead. The panel discusses the legitimacy of this act; whether Israel is, in fact, responsible for it; and whether “good vs. evil” is as clear-cut as it sounds.
Then, the Knesset passed two crucial laws Thursday morning, before breaking for a two-month recess. The first permits force-feeding of prisoners on a hunger strike. The panel debates if this effectively legalizes a form of torture, if prisoners ought to be allowed to commit suicide and what this decision means for international public opinion of Israel. Next, they discuss the ramifications of the passing of the Norwegian Law, which allows a government minister to give his/her Knesset (voting) seat to another member of his/her party, while retaining his/her other non-voting position within the cabinet.
Then, VOI’s Gil Hoffman, intimately involved in the fight for Jonathan Pollard’s release, offers his unique perspective on the sort of reception the convicted spy might receive — and the welcome he deserves — upon being freed.
Finally, the panel discusses the language used to label today’s Pride and Tolerance March in Jerusalem. They discuss the distinction between a “parade” and a “march” and the essence of the event, touted as an all-inclusive celebration of humanity and equality.
Host: Glen Ladau
Panel: Mottle Wolfe, Gil Hoffman, Molly Livingstone, Daniel Seaman