The Forward’s senior columnist Peter Beinart and Koret Distinguished Fellow Daniel Gordis cross their ideological divides to debate the fundamental issues facing the Jewish state and the Jewish people today.
Fault Lines Season 1, Episode 16
Fault Lines Season 1, Episode 15
Fault Lines Season 1, Episode 14
Fault Lines Season 1, Episode 13
Fault Lines Season 1 Episode 12 What if the Two-State Solution is dead?
In the most recent episode, Peter Beinart and Daniel Gordis grappled with the American Jewish millennials who have started to lose faith in the Two-State Solution. The Two-State Solution has long been considered the only legitimate end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but new times are prompting the question: what if the Two-State Solution is dead? Is there any way to solve the conflict without it? And is it worth it to make small improvements, or should people wait until a solution is finalized before making changes to the reality on the ground?
Fault Lines Season 1, Episode 11
The Israeli occupation in the West Bank has polarized the American Jewish community. One demonstration of this fact is in IfNotNow, who has emerged as one of the most influential movements on the Jewish left. Members of IfNotNow are expressing their disdain for Israeli policy by actively pushing American Jews to stop supporting the occupation.
In the 11th episode of Fault Lines’ first season, Daniel Gordis and Peter Beinart discuss IfNotNow, its protest at AIPAC, and its implication for the future of the American Jewish community. Peter Beinart has written about IfNotNow in the past, from a complimentary and critical perspective, and espouses a generally favorable opinion towards the young group. At the beginning of this podcast, Daniel Gordis calls them naive, and stated that he “was infuriated” by IfNotNow’s actions at the AIPAC Policy Conference.
Only wish it was daily
This in an honest review. I read and listen to Daniel Gordis regularly and find myself agreeing with him far more often than not. When reading or listening to Peter Beinart, I often feel my blood pressure rising, and I will at times have an immediate negative emotional response and will find myself arguing in my head (or even out loud) with written words or those coming from a flickering screen - neither of which make for a good debate partner. I would never, ever subscribe to a Peter Beinart-only podcast, and I imagine there are a great many who feel similarly about Daniel Gordis. Hence the brilliance of this Podcast. Peter Beinart supporters may otherwise never be exposed to the intellectual and nuanced view of Daniel Gordis, and Daniel Gordis supporters like myself would similarly never be exposed to Peter Beinart or at least much past the point where I stop reading or change the channel with haste. In this age of entrenched and increasingly extreme positions strengthened minute-by-minute with twitter feeds loaded only with like-minded, and often not-at-all-fact-checked voices, hearing out these opposing views shared respectfully is a matter of supremely important public policy for the betterment of society.
Is this coming back? I miss it!
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