After Hamas terrorists murdered more than 1400 Israelis and others, and kidnapped 239 on October 7, Israel unfolded a systematic military response to eliminate Hamas. The political tectonic plates were shaken. Joining us for the seventh CIE webinar to provide insights and analyses will be Professor Shai Feldman, the Raymond Frankel Chair at Brandeis University’s Crown Center for Middle East Studies. From 2019-2022 he was President of Sapir College in southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip; Alan Makovsky, a senior fellow for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. He is a specialist on Turkey and served from 2001-2013 as a senior staff member on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives; and, Professor Yitzhak Reiter, who heads the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at Ashkelon Academic College. From 1978-1987, Yitzhak was Deputy Advisor of Arab Affairs for Prime Ministers Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, and Shimon Peres. He is an authority on Jerusalem in Muslim and Jewish identities. CIE President Ken Stein will moderate the webinar.
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