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Israel: New Alignments, Old Alliances, Greater Options
Exploring Israel's Relations with Russia, China, India and Africa
Samuel M. Edelman

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Israel, the US, Russia, China, India and Africa: new alignments, old alliances, greater options. How the “Start-Up Nation” is opening up its geopolitical options. While the US remains the primary partner for Israel politically, technologically, militarily, and culturally, Israel has been successful in reaching out to make new friends in Russia, China, India and Africa. We will explore all of these shifts and show their relationships to the US-Israel alliance. 

1. Overview and a look at the rocky history of Israeli-Russian relations from the beginning of the State of Israel until now, with special focus on Russian anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic efforts in the past. Putin’s entrance into Syria and support of Iran, while at the same time trying to gain support from the Russian Jewish community in Israel and courting Israel’s high-tech industry to help Russia build its version of Silicon Valley.
2. China has never really maintained an anti-Semitic perspective of significance while at the same time giving support to Palestinian causes. This lecture will explore the complex relationship between China and Israel as one of mutual respect, technological achievement and cultural interconnection. 
3. India’s national origins were strongly similar to Israel’s origins. Both nations share technological, military, cultural and geopolitical interests, but for years India has been generally hostile and antagonistic to Israel. With the new government in place, India has shown a remarkable about-face and has launched an effort to work together with Israel economically, politically, technologically and militarily to develop close ties. 
4. Africa had, since the creation of Israel in 1948, been a focus of David Ben-Gurion and the newly created State. The presentation will tell the story of Israel’s passion for Africa and how that passion has worked for the benefit of many African nations with advances in water usage, farming, technology and health care. Many nations in Africa have reciprocated by giving greater support for Israel in the UN and other world bodies.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Samuel M. Edelman is one of the founding faculty members of the Academic Council for Israel. He is also an Academic Fellow and adjunct professor of Israel Studies and Zionism at the University of Miami’s Miller Center for Judaic Studies. He is the former Director of the Israel on Campus Coalition Academic Affairs Department. He has served as the executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He is also a CSU Chico emeritus professor of Jewish, Israel and Holocaust Studies as well as Rhetoric and Communication Studies. Edelman served as a staff member on the World Zionist Organization's Ben Gurion Centenary Commission. 

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Date: Tuesdays, October 31; November 7, 14, 21
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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