PROGRAM DETAILS

Myths and Facts About the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Understanding the World’s Most Enduring Dispute

Instructor
Mitchell Bard
Category
Politics / International Relations
WPL01214

Course Description

One of the most enduring and controversial global conflicts is the Arab-Israeli conflict. Over the decades, many myths have been propagated about the roots of this dispute, the cause and consequences of historical events, and the reasons why some people believe it cannot be resolved. This lecture will present facts to counter the myths about the time before the establishment of Israel and the years since Israel became independent, including those heard today about issues such as Jerusalem, settlements and the campaign to boycott Israel. There will be no whitewashing of responsibility of the parties to the conflict but their behavior will be put in context. “The great enemy of truth,” John Kennedy said, “is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive and repeated.” In this program we will seek the truth.

About the Instructor

  • Mitchell Bard, PhD, is the Executive Director of the nonprofit American‑Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and an authority on U.S.‑Middle East policy. Bard is also the director of the Jewish Virtual Library, the world’s most popular and comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture. Bard holds a PhD in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in public policy from Berkeley. He received his BA in economics from UC Santa Barbara. Bard has been named one of the “top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life” by the Algemeiner newspaper. He has appeared on local, national, and international media outlets and his work has been published in academic journals, magazines and major newspapers. He has written and edited 22 books, including Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict and The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East.