by Rafael Anapolle (’15)

This past Tuesday night, three MTA students, David Aaronson, Nethanel Niazoff, and Rafael Anapolle, attended a panel discussion with journalists Gary Rosenblatt and Yossi Klein HaLevi, and featuring Ambassador Michael Oren.  Ambassador Oren is an American-born Israeli historian, author, and the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States. He has written books, articles, and essays on MiddleEastern history, and is the author of the famous book, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. He was also a Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and a contributing editor to The New Republic.

Before the event started, the students had the unique opportunity to meet Ambassador Oren and speak with him. The event then began with a well-deserved “thank you” to Ambassador Oren for his having served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United States. Later, the discussion shifted more towards Yossi Klein HaLevi, who, at the event, released his new book about the Six Day War, Like Dreamers. Mr. Klein HaLevi and Ambassador Oren then spoke a bit about their everlasting friendship throughout the years and how they both helped each other out whenever either one was in need. Towards the end of the event, Ambassador Oren, as a diplomat, was pressured to talk a little about politics. He gave a very Zionistic speech about the reasons why Israel is our true homeland and why we will not give it up for anyone or anything.  He explained in detail that Jews, after the horrible Holocaust, came to Israel because they had no place to go. Once the UN declared the establishment of the State of Israel, the Jews would not give up that land for anyone.

It was truly a once in a lifetime experience that these MTA students were so lucky to have available to them.


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