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Israel's Geopolitical History March '14 - Middle East Learning Academy

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MELA – Middle East Learning Academy - Multimedia Educational Seminars - www.MELASeminars.com www.facebook.com/MELASemianrs twitter.com\Ipalmah Seminar: Arab – Israeli Conflict (Israel’s Geopolitical History 101) Delivered at Washington D.C. to the young leadership of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, March 2014 The Arab - Israeli - conflict stands at the base of the balance of power in the Middle East, with global effects in countless areas. However, the public visiting Israel is not very well acquainted with its components and main questions: What are the characteristics of the conflict, and when did it start? Who are the key actors and what interests are involved? How did global attitudes towards Israel and the Palestinians change over the course of time, and is there a difference between the interests of the Arab League and those of the individual Arab countries? The seminar presents the history of relations between Israel and neighboring countries, since 1917 to present day. The seminar reviews the wars, agreements, and main events, and especially the geopolitical significance of all of these. This seminar is a wide-angle introduction to the relations between Israel and the Arab states, which allows a better understanding of Israel’s modern geopolitical reality in the Middle East. The idea of this seminar is to learn about the history of Israel through its regional interactions. This concept is achieved through a review of key elements such as the Balfour Declaration, the Partition Plan, the Six Day War, the Peace Treaty with Egypt and the Second Intifada, up to present day, and examines the impact those had on Israel's relations with its neighbors. The seminar presents a timeline that allows a better understanding of the current situation. The seminar takes an educational, non-partisan approach, and is delivered as an interactive conversation with the audience, accompanied by movie clips, pictures and maps. It is guided by Iftah Burman, Middle East expert, PhD student at the Tel Aviv University, and a veteran tour guide in Israel. The seminar is about an hour and a half to two hours long, depending on the audience.