C of I sometimes amazes me with the incredible experiences I get to have here that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. Today we had the Israeli Deputy Consul to the Pacific Northwest, Eyal Naor visit the College of Idaho. Even without my different professors’ admonitions to go to his events, I knew this was something I didn’t want to miss.
This morning, Deputy Consul Naor gave a talk on “Israel and Geo-Politics in the Middle East.” It was a fascinating talk, and extremely relevant to my studies in International Political Economy. Deputy Consul Naor covered topics from the threat of Iran to both Israel and the United States regarding nuclear weapons, to the Israel/Palestine conflicts and the struggle from the Israeli perspective on finding a two-state solution. He discussed ISIS, and his belief that it is not a direct threat to Israel but was rather destabilizing the neighborhood. Another thing he focused on a lot was the growth of Israel, and how the Israelis “make opportunity out of obstacles,” in one example, by developing water and agriculture in a desert with few natural resources.
Deputy Consul Naor also gave the students and faculty in attendance the opportunity to ask questions which raised some further interesting points about the topics he covered in his lecture and more. In particular, there was a fascinating debate between Deputy Consul Naor and a Palestinian student about the Israel/Palestine conflict and the possibility of a two-state solution, where we got to see both sides of this intense conflict.
Then later this evening, Deputy Consul Naor, as another part of the Lectureship in Judaic Studies, introduced and discussed “A Film Unfinished,” for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film was made up of raw footage from the Warsaw Ghetto that was intended for propaganda but was never finished. It was a thought-provoking and harrowing look into that period of history.
Such interesting, thought-provoking and unique experiences as these I couldn’t get anywhere else but the College of Idaho. I am ever thankful for the broadening world view and the different perspectives that I find it so easy to experience here, and I’m sure these lectures are just one of many such opportunities I will have at the C of I.