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Israel at 74: Achievements and Challenges

Mitchell Bard
Jewish Culture & History
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Course Description

In many ways, Israel is a miracle. The odds were against its establishment and survival, yet it emerged as a triumph of Zionism. While its accomplishments are many and impressive in technology, medicine, and science, it also has faced internal challenges such as poverty, the integration of immigrants, and religious-secular tensions. Externally, Israel became one of the most powerful countries in the world but had to fight multiple wars and remains in conflict with the Palestinians and others. This lecture will explore how Israel has achieved so much in so little time and what it will take to overcome the present domestic and foreign challenges.

About the Instructor

  • Mitchell Bard, Ph.D., is the executive director of the nonprofit American‑Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and an authority on U.S.‑Middle East policy. Bard is the director of the Jewish Virtual Library, the world's most popular and comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history. He earned a doctoral degree in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in public policy from Berkeley. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics from UCSB and has been named one of the "top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life" by the Algemeiner Journal. He has appeared on national and international media outlets and is the author/editor of 22 books.