A recent Rand Corporation report concluded a peace agreement based on the “two-state solution” would provide a significant economic benefit for both Israel and the Palestinians. Is the “promise” of financial gain enough to bring the parties to the negotiating table? Is the report accurate? What does history tell us?
In recent weeks, the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement has come to the fore in Israel. Has the movement been successful? Is Israel’s defense in the face of BDS just giving more credibility to the movement? Is Britain’s Lord Rabbi Dr.Jonathan Sacks correct in his assessment that Israel has become a divisive factor in the Jewish world?
Why must Israel bring in thousands of foreign construction workers from China and other countries? Given the level of unemployment in sectors of the Palestinian community, why can’t they fill the void? Is China’s demand that their workers not be employed in “West Bank Jewish Settlements” caused by the worldwide pressure being exerted on Israel?
Given all the pressures placed on their country, how is it possible that Israel ranked the 5th “Happiest Country” in the OECD?
Host: Glen Ladau
Panel: Mottle Wolfe, Daniel Seaman, Dan Diker and Judy Lash Balint