Ari Shavit: An
Insider’s Perspective on the Rapidly Changing Middle East
We are thrilled to be able to welcome Ari Shavit to our 7th AIPAC at Wise.
A long time
columnist for the leading Israeli daily Haaretz and a prominent commentator on Israeli
public TV, Ari Shavit has become in recent years one of the strongest voices in
the nation’s public arena. He challenges the dogmas of both Right and Left
while giving a unique insight into the overall Israeli condition.
deploys his unparalleled breadth and depth of knowledge about Israel and its
history, politics and culture to examine the nation’s countless complexities
and contradictions. While observing both the existential threats Israel faces
and its extraordinary vitality he dares ask— and
answer—the most daring questions of all: Why Israel? What’s Israel? Will
Shavit is also an authority on the Iranian nuclear issue and on the peace
process issue which he examines with unique insight and privileged inside
information. He talks with passion about the American-Israel relationship and
the challenges facing both the Jews of the Diaspora and the Jewish State. One
of his main concerns is the drifting of the younger generation from the values
and loyalties that enabled Israel and the American Jewish community to thrive
in the last 60 years. Shavit talks with conviction about the incomprehensible
achievements of the Jewish People in the second half of the 20th century—and
about the stark challenges facing it today.
Ari Shavit is an
Israeli columnist and writer. He joined Haaretz in 1995, where he built a
reputation for in-depth interviews and thought-provoking articles. He has
interviewed several leading political figures including Shimon Peres, Ariel
Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Aharon Barak, Amos Oz and David
Grossman. In recent years, his voice has become one of the most influential in
Israel’s public arena. His unique writing, which challenges the dogmas of both
right and left, has made him a leading political thinker of the Jewish state.
In the 1980s,
Shavit wrote for the progressive weekly Kotert Rashit. And in the early 1990s,
he was chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
In 2005, Shavit
published Partition, a book exploring the different approaches to conflict,
occupation and peace. His most recent book, My Promised Land: The Triumph and
Tragedy of Israel, was released in 2013 and is critically acclaimed.
Shavit is also a
commentator on Israel’s public TV Channel 1.
Born in Rehovot,
Israel, in 1957, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces
and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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