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Evolution of Political Zionism

The Conflicts Between Political Zionism and Jewish Identity
On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Lee Stranahan and Garland Nixon talk in-studio with Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro about the evolution of political Zionism and how this ideology differs from traditional religious Judaism. What is the relationship between Israel and the Jewish population worldwide, and who/what defines the nature of Jewish identity?


Cynthia McKinney - Former Member of Congress | Religious Conflicts and Border Disputes in  India, Pakistan and Myanmar 

Michael Krieger - Founder of | Thoughts on Jeffrey Epstein's Death and Media Efforts to Control Narratives

Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro - Speaker & Author | Zionism, Jewish Identity, and the Politics of Israel

Religious and political tension in Southern Asian countries including India, Pakistan, and Myanmar could escalate into increasingly violent situations if leaders in this region are unable to control these disputes. Former Member of Congress Cynthia McKinney returns to the show to breakdown the details related to these different conflicts, the views of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, and what could happen if border battles and religious hostility in this region become further inflamed. 

The death of Jeffrey Epstein has been viewed by many as an unsurprising event given Epstein's sordid history and the damaging information he likely knew about certain powerful individuals. Michael Krieger, Founder of, joins the hosts for a conversation about the details surrounding Epstein's death and how media reports about Epstein have evolved in recent years. They also discuss the current whereabouts of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's association with Les Wexner, how the public is reacting to Epstein's death, and where the Epstein case goes from here.

For the final two segments, Garland and Lee are joined in-studio by Speaker & Author Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro for a discussion about the topics of political Zionism and the foundational tenants of the Jewish religion. Together they go in detail about the history of Zionism, the nature of Jewish identity, and conflicts between the Jewish religion and how the country of Israel operates politically.


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