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Kramer discusses Israeli experience with terrorism

Martin Kramer, editor of the Middle East Quarterly, discussed the Israeli experience with terrorism during a lecture Wednesday evening, March 13, at Clayton Hall, as part of the University’s continuing Global Agenda series on “Understanding International Terrorism Today.”

Before becoming an accomplished editor and renowned scholar, Kramer was the director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.

Speaking on “Living with Terrorism: The Israeli Experience,” Kramer remarked in his introduction that the title was a bit of a paradox and that nobody, including Israelis, should have to live with terror.

“If there is any conclusion drawn from Sept. 11, it is that you cannot live with terrorism,” he said.

Kramer also illustrated the parallels between the Israeli fight to eliminate terror and the current American situation. The nations are similar, he asserted, as the United States and Israel are both composed of immigrants.

After outlining the steps he recommends should be taken to destroy terrorism, Kramer ended his speech on a hopeful note for the American effort in Afghanistan.

“You might actually be the one power that can eradicate terrorism,” Kramer said.

A provocative question-and-answer session followed the lecture with Kramer commenting on the Palestinian and Israeli conflict, as well as United States involvement in Middle East.

The next presentation in the series is in two weeks at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 27, in Clayton Hall. Barbara Bodine, former U.S. ambassador to Yemen who served during the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, will be the featured speaker.

Videos of lectures are available a few days after the lecture online at [www.udel.edu/global].

The 2002 Global Agenda series is made possible by the support of the World Affairs Council of Wilmington, as well as the University’s College of Arts and Science.

March 14, 2002