Must Israel Dismantle All Settlements Before Peace is Possible?
If and when serious negotiations begin over the final status of the West Bank, battle lines will be drawn over which settlements should be incorporated into Israel, and which must be evacuated. In August 2005, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon acknowledged that "not all the settlements that are today in Judea and Samaria will remain Israeli," while leaked Palestinian negotiating documents indicate the Palestinians were prepared to accept that some settlements will be incorporated into Israel.
When people ask me about the situation on campus, I explain that the most serious problem is not anti-Israel student activists, it is faculty. We have a two-fold problem: Anti-Israel faculty and departments can be found across the country while opportunities to learn about the real Israel are limited. The bad news is that the anti-Israel faculty problem may be getting worse. The good news is that the field of Israel Studies is booming.
Prof. Rebeca Raijman, a sociologist at the University of Haifa, discusses with host Gilad Halpern her book South African Jews in Israel: Assimilation in Multigenerational Perspective, highlighting the distinctive characteristics of one of the English speaking world's largest Jewish communities, before and after their mass aliya.