28 episodes

Go behind the scenes of Israeli history with self-confessed history nerd Noam Weissman. Each week, he offers a fresh perspective on some of the most controversial and interesting events in the country’s history. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about what Israel is all about --from multiple angles and viewpoints -- this is the podcast for you.

Unpacking Israeli History Unpacked

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 133 Ratings

Go behind the scenes of Israeli history with self-confessed history nerd Noam Weissman. Each week, he offers a fresh perspective on some of the most controversial and interesting events in the country’s history. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about what Israel is all about --from multiple angles and viewpoints -- this is the podcast for you.

    Black Saturday: How Far Would You Go For A Homeland?

    Black Saturday: How Far Would You Go For A Homeland?

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    This is the story of the men and women who brought us our state. Who ran guns, defended settlements, defied the Mandatory Powers that Be, smuggled shell-shocked refugees into their homeland… and who disagreed with each other mightily about the best way to wrench their homeland back from a dying empire. In this episode, the last of Season 2, Noam tells the story of Black Saturday and asks, how far would we have gone to bring about the State of Israel? ~~~~
    Unpacking Israeli History is generously sponsored by Alan Fisher and Barbara Sommer, and Jon and Rachie Teller, and this episode is generously sponsored by Yoni and Lisa Wintner.
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    Unpacking Israeli History about the Altalena: https://jewishunpacked.com/the-altalena-israels-almost-civil-war/
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    www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsw_q5vO9hY
    http://hebrewsongs.com/?song=shirhapalmach
    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/quot-my-heart-is-in-the-east-quot-yehuda-halevi
    https://etzel.org.il/
    Sasson Sofer, Zionism and the Foundations of Israeli Diplomacy
    Anita Shapira, Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel
    Daniel Gordis, Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel's Soul
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmYyPcEQKU4
    https://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/foreignpolicy/peace/guide/pages/declaration%20of%20establishment%20of%20state%20of%20israel.aspx
    Thurston Clark, By Blood and Fire

    • 41 min
    Oslo: The Peace That Wasn't

    Oslo: The Peace That Wasn't

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    By January 1993, the Israelis and the Palestinians had opened secret negotiations, culminating in the Oslo Accords, a series of agreements between Israel and the PLO, as the representatives of the Palestinians. So, what was Oslo? What is its legacy? How did the Israeli public, including the settlement leadership, view Oslo? What about the Palestinians? And, what lessons can we learn from this haunting story?
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    Unpacking Israeli History is generously sponsored by Alan Fisher and Barbara Sommer, and Jon and Rachie Teller, and this episode is generously sponsored by Yoni and Lisa Wintner, Beverly and Blake Lorenz, and Dr. Neil and Pam Weissman.
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    Unpacking Israeli History about Baruch Goldstein: https://jewishunpacked.com/baruch-goldstein-legacy-of-a-massacre/
    Unpacking Israeli History about Rabin's assassination: https://jewishunpacked.com/the-assassination-of-yitzchak-rabin/
    Unpacking Israeli History about UN Resolution 3379: https://jewishunpacked.com/is-zionism-racism-un-resolution-3379/
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8CFL6gHgxI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD0YmVwYJpA

    https://history.state.gov/milestones/1989-1992/madrid-conference

    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-original-palestine-national-charter-1964

    Rise and Kill First, by Ronen Bergman

    https://www.adl.org/education/resources/glossary-terms/the-oslo-accords-oslo-process

    https://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/foreignpolicy/peace/guide/pages/declaration%20of%20principles.aspx

    https://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/foreignpolicy/peace/guide/pages/the%20israeli-palestinian%20interim%20agreement%20-%20main%20p.aspx

    https://iris.org.il/arafats-johannesburg-speech/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1994/05/26/arafats-loose-lips/ffd735a8-fe5f-4172-87fa-a77b4261c820/

    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/yasser-arafat-a-fake-hero-a-lord-of-corruption/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=6x25gf58ezI

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/sharon-not-frightened-by-ancient-jewish-death-curse-20050728-gdlrql.html

    https://www.haaretz.com/1.4853346

    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-great-revolt-66-70-ce

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-they-heard-yitzhak-rabin-speak-right-before-his-murder-and-they-ll-never-forget-it-1.9291295

    https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/palestineremix/the-price-of-oslo.html#/14

    https://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/foreignpolicy/terrorism/palestinian/pages/suicide%20and%20other%20bombing%20attacks%20in%20israel%20since.aspx

    https://sci-hub.se/https://www.jstor.org/stable/41289422

    Like Dreamers, Yossi Klein Halevi

    https://open.spotify.com/track/1aO1Pg9yuW6aVe6yYObjpk?si=2f2589b4f8dc479b

    https://rabbisacks.org/pinchas-5781/

    https://palwatch.org/page/8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhMF30VLZCA

    Noa Tishby, Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj2-MMB_st0
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    • 42 min
    Sabra and Shatila: What Happened And Why It Matters

    Sabra and Shatila: What Happened And Why It Matters

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    The story of Sabra and Shatila is a horrifying one. A paramilitary Lebanese group massacres between 800 and 2,000 refugees, many in horrifying ways. And oddly...Israel is blamed for this awful, awful crime? This week, Noam will break down the confusing and upsetting story of Sabra and Shatila, and in doing so, will ask, how does a nation deal with power and responsibility? ~~~~ Unpacking Israeli History is generously sponsored by Alan Fisher and Barbara Sommer, and Jon and Rachie Teller, and this episode is generously sponsored by Yoni & Lisa Wintner.
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    Unpacking Israeli History about the Munich Olympics: https://jewishunpacked.com/munich-olympics-when-terrorism-won/
    Unpacking Israeli History about the disengagement from Gaza: https://jewishunpacked.com/gush-katif-when-jews-expelled-jews/
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/25/world/shlomo-argov-73-ex-israeli-envoy-his-shooting-prompted-an-invasion.html
    https://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/aboutisrael/history/pages/operation%20peace%20for%20galilee%20-%201982.aspx
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/4284144
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenicianism
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6932786.stm
    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/background-and-overview-of-first-lebanon-war
    https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1982/09/15/issue.html
    https://sci-hub.se/https://doi.org/10.2307/2009880
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/1999/oct/18/guardianobituaries
    https://www.firstthings.com/article/2018/05/soloveitchik-the-zionist
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    • 38 min
    Does Israel Represent All Jews?: The Great Debate

    Does Israel Represent All Jews?: The Great Debate

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    A tension between Israeli and diaspora Jewry has been obvious since the founding of the state. And nowhere was that more apparent than in the epic exchanges between philanthropist Jacob Blaustein and Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. In this episode, Noam shows how their debate both animated and clarified so much about the divide between Diaspora Jewish leadership and Israeli Jewish leadership - even today. ~~~~ Unpacking Israeli History is generously sponsored by Alan Fisher and Barbara Sommer, and Jon and Rachie Teller, and this episode is generously sponsored by Yoni & Lisa Wintner.
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    Unpacking Israeli History about German reparations: https://jewishunpacked.com/the-great-debate-around-german-reparations/
    Unpacking Israeli History about Entebbe: https://jewishunpacked.com/operation-thunderbolt-the-raid-on-entebbe/
    Unpacking Israeli History about Operation Solomon: https://jewishunpacked.com/ingathering-of-exiles-from-ethiopia-to-israel/
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    Sources
    https://library.oapen.org/bitstream/id/f40eb209-80a3-47c3-bc0d-106f6413103a/628405.pdf
    In Vigilant Brotherhood: The American Jewish Committee
    My Life, Golda Meir’s autobiography
    Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel, Anita Shapira
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    • 29 min
    The Story Of Israel's Black Panthers

    The Story Of Israel's Black Panthers

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    The modern country of Israel is a country of immigrants, and many are Mizrahi, ie Jews from North Africa and the Middle East. They came, often running for their lives, from countries like Yemen, Morocco, Iraq, Egypt, and Syria, where they had lived -- and often, been oppressed. In this episode, Noam confronts the difficult history of the Mizrahi integration into Israel, and the formation of the Panterim Shchorim movement that emerged from that painful period. ~~~~ Unpacking Israeli History is generously sponsored by Alan Fisher and Barbara Sommer, and Jon and Rachie Teller.
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    See more about the Yemenite Children Affair:
    https://unpacked.education/the-yemenite-children-affair-unpacked/
    See more on Mizrahi culture:
    https://unpacked.education/video/mizrachi-music/
    https://unpacked.education/video/how-mizrahi-music-took-over-israeli-pop/
    See the full season of Unpacking Israeli History here: https://jewishunpacked.com/podcast-series/unpacking-israeli-history/
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    • 41 min
    The Great Debate Around German Reparations

    The Great Debate Around German Reparations

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    Begin and Ben Gurion had some epics battles, but one of the biggest ones happened in 1952, as these two Israeli giants battled about whether to take German reparations after the Holocaust. In this episode, Noam looks all the way back at this crazy story, and leaves us asking, who was right? ~~~~ Unpacking Israeli History is generously sponsored by Alan Fisher and Barbara Sommer, and Jon and Rachie Teller.
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    See the full season of Unpacking Israeli History here: https://jewishunpacked.com/podcast-series/unpacking-israeli-history/
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    Sources
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/
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    Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel's Soul, by Danny Gordis
    Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel, Anita Shapira
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

Jerome Taieb ,

Clear and Objective

Ever found yourself listening to someone speaking about a subject you are passionate about but wondering if that person is pursuing a specific agenda and giving you only the facts pertaining to that agenda, exaggerating certain events while minimizing others. This is the first podcast about Israel I have ever heard that is giving you the facts just the way they are! No exaggeration or minimization! And you get ALL the facts about a particular subject! Truly Exceptional Research work! Well Done!

giladspitzer ,

Incredible Podcast

Best way to learn the important stories of Israeli history in an engaging and entertaining way that covers all angles while introducing new and relevant insights for todays modern israel

raquel e.w. ,

Best. Pod. Ever

Jewish history has never been so interesting. For someone who always falls asleep in history class this pod has taught me so much. Can’t wait to continue my binge.

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