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Dan Scheuftan Event 3/27/2014
On March 27, 2014 The Israel Action Center and Magen David Sephardic Congregation hosted an event with speaker Dr. Dan Scheuftan, who spoke about Israel's national security issues. Dr. Dan Schueftan is the Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa and the Goldman Visiting Professor at the Department of Government, Georgetown University. He has been a consultant to Israel's foreign policy and defense establishments and an advisor to former prime ministers Yitzak Rabin and Ariel Sharon, as well as to European and American political leaders. He is the author of numerous books and articles on contemporary Middle Eastern history.
Dr. Scheuftan Quotes:
"The support of Israel in America is tremendous (65%-75%). The American people are solidly behind Israel. The UN and European people's approach to Israel pales next to America's support. I would rather have the US support Israel versus the rest of the world."
"The most positive thing is that Israelis are congregating around the middle of the political spectrum. That's the healthiest thing that can happen to a society... The extreme left and right wings have taken their gloves off and are fighting Israel; they gave up on Israeli public opinion. Very radical attitudes the more they lose their trust in public opinion, the more radical they become."
"Israel currently has no existential threat in the region. There are no conventional armies threatening Israel. The old threats have been significantly reduced."
"You can't imagine how successful and strong the Israeli population is. The willingness of Israelis to live in this neighborhood is incredible. Israelis say that the state of the nation is worse than ever, but they are the happiest that they have ever been. They have a good life. The Israeli economy is in excellent condition; lowest unemployment rate."
"European governments are mostly friendly to Israel, but they cannot ignore their own elites that are becoming more and more anti-Israel, delegitimizing Israel. It's structural, not a phase. The problem is not the government, it's the elite."
"In Iran two thirds of the people would like to live. There is a lot of hope. In the Arab world there in no hope, because the society is much worse off."