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Lectures

When visiting Israel, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of avoiding politics… The views are stunning, the people are so nice and the food is really great we forget to talk about the challenges, the people behind these challenges and how they will affect the reason. 

In my vision in an Israel tour, politics should not be avoided but rather discussed in depth, in order to give the tourist as truthful picture of the reason as one can get.

I offer three major lectures. These lectures are available as an evening activity for a group visiting Israel or as part of a full day tour in Israel. These lectures are also available overseas upon reservation and availability.

Lecture no. 1

Israel and the Palestinians - Terminology through Chronology

 

Green line. 1967. 1948. Oslo accords. Palestinians. Intifada, first, second. refugees. Areas A, B, and  C. Security fence or barrier. West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

 

Understanding terminology is key in creating an informed opinion about some of the issues in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. In this lecture I will introduce the basic terms in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a chronological lens. I will try to walk you through the key moments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to help you understand the origin and the relevance of these terms to today's reality. Some of the topics that will be covered in this lecture are:

 

  • The origin and routes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Israel’s changing borders and their impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • The Palestinian refugees and their status and future.

  • The creation of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and their International status.

  • The 1st and 2nd Intifada.

  • The Oslo Accords of 1993 and later peace attempts.

  • The security fence/barrier and its international status.

  • The difference between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

  • What future does the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict have?

 

 

Lecture no. 2

An introduction to Israeli democracy

What does it mean to be a Jewish democracy? Do Arabs enjoy voting rights in Israel? Who can become an Israeli citizen? Does Israel separate between religion and state? What are the different political parties in Israel and what are the main issues on the table?

Israel, the only Jewish democracy in the world, has a unique democratic system that often raises a lot of question. In this lecture I will introduce the basis of the Israeli democratic system through relevant political stories. Some of the topics that will be a covered in this lecture are:

  • The basis of the Israeli democratic system.

  • How to create a coalition government in Israel?

  • The Law of Return.

  • The status quo in Israel between religion and state.

  • The challenges between democracy and security.

 

 

 

Lecture no. 3

Meet the Israelis

“A reality in which there is no longer a clear majority, nor clear minority groups. A reality in which Israeli society is comprised of four population sectors, or, if you will, four principal ‘tribes’, essentially different from each other, and growing closer in size. Whether we like it or not, the make-up of the ‘stakeholders’ of Israeli society, and of the State of Israel, is changing before our eyes.”

                                      Reuven Rivlin, The president of Israel, Hertzilia convetion 2015

These words serve as introduction to a lecture in which I  will try to assist the listeners to better understand Israeli society. Who are the groups that make Israeli society? What are some of the ‘hot potatoes’ in the Israeli society? Where is Israeli society headed and who are some the people who are trying to make a difference. Some of the topics that will be a covered in this lecture are:

 

  • What are the different groups that make up ‘the Israelis’?

  • Thefive major disputes in Israeli society.

  • How did Israeli demography change over the course the last 70 years?

  • Future challenges due to Israel’s changing demography.

  • The social protest of 2011.

  • Israel in 2050 – what will it look like?