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November 26, 2014 / 4 Kislev, 5775
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To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.



Yishai and Walid Schmoozing

Our Radio guy Yishai Fleisher is joined by Walid Shantur, an Arab American hailing from a village near Ramallah whom Yishai had met in Ithaca, NY.
Walid Shantur and Yishai Fleisher

WS: Do you want my ideal circumstances? Or do you want what I think is actually going to happen?

YF: Let’s hear both.

WS: My ideal would be no wall, integration, and living as brothers. It’s not impossible. However, if the extremists continue, it won’t happen. But there are also quite a few Israeli radicals in settlements that would not want this to happen.

I think what will ideally happen is the two-state solution. There is a lot of pressure from the world to make that happen. I don’t think that it’s in the best interest of either side though.

YF: We feel that way as well. I hope that we do hold out against the two-state solution, my one consolation is that it hasn’t been done yet though. I hope that people like you influence the Arabs to think about Israel a little differently. We are brothers and we should be able to get along. Israel should have respect for the other Arab countries, and they should respect Israel back. I still hold out hope that the Arab Spring could change the thinking of many Arabs toward Israel.

WS: I want to talk about the United State’s role in all of this. I’m frustrated that one of the biggest powers in the world does not understand this region at all. I voted for Obama, but was very surprised to hear him talk about Israel going back to the 1967 border without any ramifications. To put it frankly, its ignorance.

YF: I really want to thank you and tell you that I appreciate you reaching out to me while you were in Israel. This dialogue is important, and I think a lot of people want to shut it down. I think that people like you are a window to the soul of the Arabs. I hope that you come back to talk to us, and thank you for being on the Yishai Fleisher Show.

WS: Thank You

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