From comfort of Boca to the power of DC, to the speed of New York to the glitz of the City of Angels, Yishai is on the road in the US promoting a strong Israel, telling people about the death of Two State idea, and a connecting folks to the Biblical heartland. After finishing AIPAC, he is now in LA to debate JStreet at the biggest Reform Temple in Beverly Hills, and makes it to a good friend’s father’s Shiva! Join Yishai for some candid tour thoughts about the tensions between Israel and America.
Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky, an author and chairman of the Rabbinical Conference for Peace tells Josh Hasten that while there is hope for change with a new president entering the White House, it is not President Elect Trump, but the Israeli government which must act to abandon the “two-state solution,” if it truly wants peace. Gerlitzky says that his organization for nearly three decades has been spelling out the dangers of the Oslo Accords, and says that according to Jewish Law it is forbidden to turn over even one inch of the Land of Israel to a foreign entity. He is hopeful that the Netanyahu government will once and for all realize that the two-state plan is an existential threat to the People of Israel.
Dr. Martin Sherman Founder and Director of The Israel Institute for Strategic Studies suggests to Josh Hasten that Israel’s leadership didn’t take the necessary steps in advance to prevent last week’s anti-Israel UNSC resolution onslaught. He insists that the root of the problem is a combination of Israel holding on to the failed notion of a “two-state solution,” while at the same time he says that Israel continues to operate on a shoestring public diplomacy budget, thus we are failing to get our messages across. Also listen to Sherman’s insightful long-term alternative to the two-state approach.
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