Shifting Images of Israel and Israelis(56:20)
Ortal Tamam was assaulted by an Arab actor and shouted off the stage at a freedom-of-speech gathering. Still, she is not deterred in her campaign to stop public funding for a play that idolizes the Arab terrorist who tortured and murdered her uncle, Moshe Tamam, in 1984. The play has stirred a huge controversy in Israel and sparked a cultural war between the progressive elites and the majority of the public. VOI’s Daniel Seaman and Daniela Traub are joined in-studio by Tamam to hear about her efforts. She talks about her uncle, and says that her campaign is growing in strength.
Then, Daniel and Daniela discuss the demographic shift indicated by the public’s support for Tamam and the efforts of Culture Minister Miri Regev, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. They also discuss why they believe the Israeli Left is on the decline and how what they call the “real Jewish Israel” is emerging.
Then, Daniel and Daniela are joined by Asaf Goren, who literally blew judges away with his shofar playing and dance moves during his audition for Fox network’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Goren talks about the audition that is trending on social media; his dancing career; his history as an Israeli judo champion; his budding Hollywood career; and his efforts to promote a different image for Israel.
Then, Daniel and Daniela are joined by IDF combat officer Gili Cohen, creator of “Fighters for Life,” a volunteer organization that assists local communities with various forms of empowerment, from humanitarian work to training women in Krav Maga. He talks about what he calls “Tikkun Olam (making the world a better place), Israeli-style,” and how the initiative has many foreigners joining in to help trekkers in Asian countries.
Finally, Daniel and Daniela are joined in-studio by American radio star Dr. Joy Browne, whose show is the longest-running syndicated advice program in the US. Bringing it to Israel — during this, her first trip to the country — she recounts her meeting with terror survivors; suggests what the world can learn from Israel’s experience; and provides her advice for Israelis.