Gil Hoffman laments that the praise for Israel in US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech was not reported abroad, where coverage of his Knesset speech focused instead on the message of the Arab MKs who protested the address. He says that an opportunity has been missed. He also expresses concern about plans to close the Israeli consulate in Atlanta and embassy in Ireland.
He then interviews Eyal Biram, a a recently discharged IDF captain, who founded a social initiative called “ISRAELis.” ISRAELis, is an apolitical nonprofit organization that aims is to improve Israel’s image in the world through young post-army women and men traveling abroad.

Gil Hoffman speaks to Zionist Union Knesset member Nachman Shai on the impact of the Israeli Left on Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s anti-Semitic speech and rejection of peace talks. Shai, like Naftali Bennett Monday says the Abbas era is over, but unlike Bennett, Shai says the 2 state solution is still alive. Shai also laments Israel’s inability to get out its message when its Foreign Ministry’s funding has been cut again.

Gil Hoffman recalls the day when he and other Ida Crown Jewish Academy high school students joined other top students from around Chicago for a special Oprah Winfrey show on “The good kids you don’t normally see on TV.” With Oprah’s encouragement, the show ended up running under the name “What kids say behind their parents’ backs.” Still disgusted as if it happened yesterday, Gil warns the world about his experience with Oprah and how it shows who she really is.

After a day in the Knesset when Israeli politicians were purposely silent on the protests going on in Iran, Gil Hoffman follows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lead in encouraging the protesters.  He explains how they could be the key to rolling back past mistakes and making life better throughout the Middle East and the entire world safer.  Gil then takes you behind the scenes at the Likud central committee and explains why he is sad that it is now illegal in Israel for politicians to take your money.

Gil Hoffman tries to explain Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s behavior in recent days surrounding his criminal investigations and looks ahead to what could happen in Israeli politics in 2018.
Then Jerusalem Post culture correspondent Amy Spiro comes on the show to talk about why the decision of a pop singer from New Zealand called Lorde to cancel her performance in Tel Aviv is a big victory for efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, even as Seinfeld and other big names are on the way to Israel.

Gil Hoffman explains how the lessons of Star Wars and Hanukkah about good and evil, light and darkness, are one and the same. He applies those lessons to current events related to US President Donald Trump’s announcements about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the American embassy there and how the world reacted by bullying Israel at the UN and the Palestinians by firing rockets at a kindergarten. The show concludes with Gil talking about his scoop that Israeli cabinet ministries do not believe immigrants to Israel from English speaking countries have special needs and why they should make aliyah anyway.

Gil talks to Likud Knesset member Rabbi Yehudah Glick about how long Netanyahu’s government can last and how he used the turmoil in the prime minister’s coalition to advance his bill limiting cigarette advertising. Glick updates listeners about the status of the Temple Mount ahead of Hanukkah that celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple that stood there. Finally, Glick teaches about the greatness of Rabbi Yehuda Leib Steinman, the 104 year old Torah giant who died Tuesday.

Gil Hoffman and Israel Allies Caucus director Josh Reinstein talk about whether US President Donald Trump will move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Reinstein says Trump has been serving well his constituency of Bible-believing Christians, so he is optimistic. Gil warns that if Trump does not move the embassy, the entire basis of how he persuaded those Christians to vote for him will end up being a lie. After all, he says, it was a rally in Jerusalem that might have gotten those Bible-believing Christians to vote at all.
After putting Jerusalem at the top of his joy and the top of his show, Gil gets to the bottom of what has been adding calories to his bottom: Sufganyot, the wonderful doughnut delicacies that Israelis start eating immediately after the Succot holiday ends and eat for 68 days until Hanukkah is over in order to celebrate the miracle – or at least Gil does that.

Gil Hoffman speaks about the beauty of Israel being both a democracy and a Jewish state, which he says means everyone has a voice and everyone has an opinion. He takes you behind the scenes in his coverage of the Shabbat railway repair work crisis that led to the resignation of Israel’s health minister and the nuances within the ultra-Orthodox world.

In the second half of the show, Gil speaks about the divides between Israelis and the Jewish world and how they can be overcome. He also goes into the race for chairman of the Jewish agency and what each potential candidate brings to the table.

Ehud means “sympathetic” and Barak means “lightening” in Hebrew, but polls taken recently do not find that Israelis have much sympathy for their former prime minister who wants to make a political comeback. Gil Hoffman talks about whether Barak has a chance of winning over Israelis in his third attempt to capture their hearts. Can lightening strike thrice?

Omri was described by the Book of Kings as “doing more evil than all the kings who preceded him.” Casspi in Hebrew means “concerning money.” But Golden State Warriors forward Omri Casspi turned down more money to play for the best team in the NBA after a career of playing for poor teams, including the Sacramento Kings. Gil talks about how King Casspi turned Warrior Casspi has proven himself both a good player and a mensch.

Page 10 of 12« First...9101112