'Top Story' is a weekly podcast featuring analysis of the most important Jewish news story of the week by JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin. Tobin separates myths from facts as he deconstructs mainstream media's distortions of the truth on critical issues including Israel. He also addresses critical aspects of politics, foreign policy and culture, giving listeners key insights toward understanding what’s really going on. Hear from the man who has been getting it right for decades while the mainstream media has been getting it wrong!
Ep. 11: Liel Leibovitz 'I Do Not Believe in Equity'
Author and commentator Liel Liebovitz joins JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin to talk about whether Jews are white, the right Jewish answer to anti-Semitism and the disconnect between Israelis and Americans.
The two discuss the impact of critical race theory and ideas about white privilege on the way Americans think about the Middle East. They also talk about the revival of Jewish traditions in unfamiliar settings, the essential Jewishness of Stan Lee and Leonard Cohen, the spiritual dimension of video games and what Israelis and Americans don’t understand about each other.
Ep. 10: Gil Troy: Organizations ‘Launching Full-Scale War on American Jewish Identity’
Historian and author Gil Troy joins JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin to talk about how toxic theories about the past are fueling anti-Semitism and undermining Jewish identity and support for Israel.
The two discuss how partisanship has given a pass to the spread of destructive ideas like critical race theory and intersectionality and how such ideologies give a permission slip to anti-Semitism. They also speak about how battles over history are impacting Jewish identity in the United States and ties with Israel and the role that Zionism and important stories – such as that of Natan Sharansky — should play in Jewish life.
Ep. 9: Elliott Abrams: 'No basis for moving forward with two-state solution'
In this week’s episode, the Tikvah Fund head and foreign-policy veteran of the Reagan, Bush and Trump administrations joins JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin to talk diplomacy, democracy and the future of American Jewry.
The two discuss President Joe Biden’s strategies and his attempt to get closer to Iran and the Palestinians, the foreign-policy establishment in the Trump administration and the greatest threats to the American Jewish community.
Ep. 8: The growing political divide over Israel
In this week’s episode of Top Story, Fox News contributor and former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer joins JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin to talk about the politics of support for Israel.
They analyze the way the two political parties have changed in their attitudes toward Israel and what, if anything, can be done to restore a bipartisan consensus on the Middle East. In addition, they delve into what's behind a surge in anti-Semitism and how to fix a dysfunctional American political culture. This is an episode you don't want to miss!
Episode 7: What Iran and the Palestinians Really Want
In this week’s episode of “Top Story,” JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin is joined by Shoshana Bryen, Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center and editor of inFOCUS Quarterly. They discuss what to expect from the Biden administration’s efforts to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal and its approach to the Middle East as well as why efforts to appease the Islamist regime and the Palestinians won’t advance peace or American interests.
Episode 6: Israel's New Government
In Episode 6 of “Top Story With Jonathan Tobin,” JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses the swearing-in of Israel’s new government and the ousting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He asks whether it can survive and what it will mean if it does.
Articulate deconstruction of the antisemitism and anti-West poison of the intersectional green-red alliance of the left. Excellent.