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The Role of Truth in Israeli Politics

When is one required to affirm his or her truth, and when is compromise necessary? Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi and Elana Stein Hain discuss from Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, right, sitting alongside Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, center, and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman, leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 26, 2022. (Yoav Dudkevitch)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, right, sitting alongside Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, center, and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman, leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 26, 2022. (Yoav Dudkevitch)

This week, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett dissolved the one-year-old government that he formed (in his words) “l’shem shamayim,” for the sake of heaven, to affirm the unity of the people of Israel. Bennett’s opponents on the right have insisted that they, too, were acting for the sake of Heaven by affirming their deeply held truths. Join Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi and Elana Stein Hain in an episode recorded live from Jerusalem as they discuss the balance between truth and love of the Jewish people and ask: when is one required to affirm his or her truth and when is compromise necessary? Listen here:

For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of Machloket l’shem shemayim, “Disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”

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