Israel at 67: Fighting Myths with Facts26 April 2023
In the aftermath of Israel Independence Day, VOI's Daniel Seaman and Daniela Traub discuss the positive aspects of Israeli society that are never underscored by the media, among them the newspaper Haaretz. Two examples they raise are the female Muslim cadet in IDF officers' course, recognized by the president for her outstanding service, and Christians in Israel standing up to extremist Muslims.
Then, Daniel and Daniela are joined in-studio by StandWithUs alumnus Ran Bario Bar-Yoshafat, who talks about his book, "I Flew to Speak About Israel," which details his experiences on US campuses while presenting Israel's case. What are the challenges and how much damage is caused by Israelis themselves?
Then, Daniel and Daniela mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Turks, and posit that denial about it made other atrocities possible, particularly the Holocaust the slaughtering of Christians by ISIS. They criticize all the governments of Israel for not leading the campaign to acknowledge the Armenian genocide, despite the public's desire to do so.
Finally, Daniel and Daniela are joined in-studio with Yonatan Jakubowicz, co-founder of the Israeli Immigration Policy Center. He talks about how Israel is coping with the flood of illegal migrant workers that has changed the character of south Tel Aviv, and about the interference of European-funded NGOs that are trying to force Israel to adopt detrimental policies. How are self-proclaimed human-rights groups hurting the refugees? And where is the Israeli government in all of this?