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Einat Wilf on How to Achieve Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Einat Wilf

Dr. Einat Wilf is a leading intellectual and original thinker on matters of foreign policy, economics, education, Israel, and the Jewish people. She was a member of the Israeli Parliament from 2010-2013 on behalf of the Labor and Independence parties. Dr. Wilf has a BA in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard University, an MBA from INSEAD in France (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires), and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge. Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Wilf served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israel Defense Forces. Dr. Wilf is also the author of six books including: My Israel, Our Generation, Back to Basics: How to Save Israeli Education (At No Additional Cost), It’s NOT the Electoral System, Stupid, Winning the War of Words, Telling Our Story (a collection of Wilf’s essays on Israel, Zionism and the path to peace,) and The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace.

Shermer and Wilf discuss:

  • Why Israel? Why the Jews? Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism
  • Karim Khan, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) accused Israeli and Hamas leaders of war crimes and called for a cease-fire by Israel in Gaza, particularly in Rafah
  • Accusations of genocide, induced famine, and war crimes against Netanyahu
  • Ireland, Spain and Norway say they will recognize a Palestinian state
  • After 7 months of fighting, why has the IDF been unable to defeat Hamas?
  • AP story outlining 4 options for Gaza:

    • Full scale military occupation
    • Lighter occupation with Palestinian administrators
    • Grand bargain: Reformed Palestinian Authority would govern Gaza with assistance of Arab and Muslim nations including Saudi Arabia that would normalize relations with Israel in return for a U.S. defense pact.
    • A deal with Hamas: release all of the hostages in return for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, including senior militants, as well as withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, a cease-fire, and reconstruction, leaving Hamas in control of Gaza.
  • American student protests against Israel and for Palestine (and even Hamas!)
  • Israel: what happened to their vaunted security apparatus, intelligence agency and military readiness?
  • Zionism, Judaism, and Israel
  • Palestine, Palestinians, and the Gaza strip
  • Hamas, Hezbollah, and terrorism in the Middle East
  • Progressive Left failure to denounce Hamas terrorists
  • Why students & student groups are pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel
  • The rise of anti-Semitism in recent years
  • Proximate causes of anti-Semitism
  • Ultimate causes of anti-Semitism
  • The Abraham Accords
  • The Two-State Solution.

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This episode was released on June 4, 2024.

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