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During the past several weeks, the wave of protests in the Middle East and North Africa has continued to spread. The United States cannot predict whether the series of protests ultimately will result in the strengthening of its alliances, or in the disintegration of its relationships in the region.
This past spring break, I participated in a service trip to Israel through the Hillel Jewish Center and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. I, along with seventeen other University students, spent the week volunteering in the northern city of Nahariyya, a beautiful coastal city that is a mere six miles from Israel’s border with Lebanon.
As peace talks in the Middle East continue for yet another week with little progress, a central question looms large in the minds of many: Why should we care about Israel? It seems like a fair question. Why should we bother learning about Israeli history?
One of the most important questions of modernity is the same one asked for centuries: Where is peace in the Middle East? In August 2005, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s enduring hope for the answer led to his unilateral declaration of disengagement from the Gaza Strip.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood before the UN General Assembly and said, “The dignity, integrity and rights of the American and European people are being played with by a small but deceitful number of people called Zionists.” He called Zionists an “acquisitive and invasive people.”
On a night of earnest reflection and heated debate, Hoos for Israel and Students Defending Democracy hosted a screening of the film “Obsession — Radical Islam’s War Against the West.”