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Israeli journalist to discuss peace in the Middle East

One of Israel’s most respected journalists will discuss prospects for achieving peace in the Middle East during a March 4 lecture at The College of Idaho.

Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, will present his talk at 3 p.m. in the Sterry Hall Hendren Boardroom on campus as part of the College’s Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Well-connected to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Hoffman has interviewed every major figure across the Israeli political spectrum, has been interviewed by top media on six continents and is a regular analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera and other news outlets.

Called "the most optimistic man in Israel" by Israel Television, Hoffman's writing and TV appearances provide a behind-the-scenes look at the intrigue and humor in the Israeli political arena.

Hoffman was raised in Chicago and wrote for the Miami Herald and Arizona Republic before moving to Israel.

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies brings Jewish dignitaries and public figures to The College of Idaho to speak about contemporary Jewish issues. The lecture series was established in conjunction with the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies, and together the chair and lecture series promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture and philosophy in Idaho and the West.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.

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