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Israeli brings aspects of his country to America

Ivan Goncharenko says Americans think two things when they think of Israel: Judaism and conflict. He also says they couldn’t be more wrong.

This IDF soldier knows that you need to know

From standing ovations to interruptions from silent protesters, Nadav Weinberg has experienced a wide range of reactions to his lectures. Weinberg travels to college campuses, in addition to other destinations, to educate people about the ethical codes of the Israel Defense Force.

College students receive pep talk about Israel

On April 11, 2010, I was on a standard patrol in the southern Hebron hills of the West Bank. While on patrol, my team was notified of a Palestinian herder whose sheep had wandered into a Jewish settlement.

The world must understand Israel’s motives

In the aftermath of the recent Israeli operation in Gaza, much of the world has an opinion, but few care to understand why Israel was forced to go to war in the first place. For the past eight years, civilians in southern Israel have faced a near-constant barrage of rockets and mortar shells.

No choice but self-defense for Israel in Gaza

The war in Gaza has been at the center of the world’s attention for the past two weeks. The media have discussed the end of the six-month cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, the launching of rockets and mortars into southern Israel, and the subsequent Israeli retaliation, including ground operations in Gaza.

A conflict of words

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.”

The challenge: Aviv speaks of the IDF and MTV

Aviv, the winner of MTV’s Fresh Meat: Real World/Road Rules Challenge came to speak about her other challenging experience — being in the Israeli Defense Forces — as well as her life in Israel, and her interesting experiences on the reality show.

Former Israeli general talks to SAFI

Former Israeli Defense Forces General Moshe Ya’alon spoke of the challenges facing Israel’s security in a speech before a packed crowd in the Jack Morton Auditorium on Wednesday. Ya’alon, the former chief of staff of the IDF, was invited to campus by GW’s chapter of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Analyzing terrorist organizations

Israeli counter-terrorism expert Ram Sidi warned an audience of 30 students yesterday of about “a third intifada” being orchestrated by the radical Islamic organization Hamas.