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Prof. Mordechai Kedar demystifies the Middle East on Capitol Hill- via pro-Israel think-tank, E.M.E.T.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar addresses Capitol Hill staffers via EMET
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, explored the various factors that play a role in shaping the events of the region in this talk to to legislative staffs on on Capitol Hill, February 13, 2017. The event “Why is it so Difficult to Understand the Middle East” was organized by E.M.E.T. (Endowment for Middle East Truth) in Washington, D.C. 

The Islamic State continues to control large areas of Syria and Iraq, Russia's footprint in Syria has increased with its support for Assad, and Iran is continuing to back the Assad regime, and Hezbollah. At the same time, Saudi Arabia and Iran are supporting opposing factions in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Bahrain. And the Syrian civil war has resulted in the death of nearly 500,000 people. Why is the violence in the Muslim and Arab world escalating? What is the Western world missing about the cultures of the Middle East? 


"The creation of an artificial Palestinian state requiring the uprooting of Jewish families where no Arab population currently exists would lead to indefensible borders for the Jewish homeland,” says Kedar on his website. He also denies the argument that the populations can be moved, claiming "today Arabs live within the state of Israel and in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. These Arab population centers are not going away and neither is the State of Israel.”

Sarah Stern explains how E.M.E.T. is unique in pro-Israel advocacy

Sarah Stern, founder of Washington think-tank, Endowment for Middle East Truth, explains how her organization's positions and work compare to that of A.I.P.A.C. on Capitol Hill. One way E.M.E.T differs is in presenting the case against founding an Islamist, Jew-hating state alongside Israel. According to Mrs. Stern, "EMET believes that we should stop aiding the P.A. now. We actually felt since '1993 when, after signing the Oslo Accords, that Arafat went on TV in Jordan and said "this is the "peace of the brave," akin to what the prophet Mohammed signed with the tribe of Koresh. And he made them vulnerable and then eviscerated them. The problem is now that there have been 23 years when the P.A. has used every means possible to indoctrinate their people to hate and to kill Israelis." for 23-years, the believes that AIPAC policy is too influenced by appealing to Democrat donors, rather than reflecting the Likud-led, Israeli government positions.

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