Program Details

Guided Discussion: Is Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett a Statesman or an Appeaser?

Robert G. Rabil

Course Description

On March 5, 2022, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel traveled to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to make an effort to stop Putin’s war on Ukraine. He was hailed and criticized. Jerusalem Post wrote, “if mediation fails, the image of the Israeli prime minister sitting across the table from Vladimir Putin while the Russian president still pounds Ukraine could haunt Naftali Bennett and the country.” After reviewing the political and security background against which PM Bennett decided to meet Putin, Dr. Rabil and attendees will probe whether his decision to play a mediating role was in the interest of the state and nation. Space is limited.

About the Instructor

  • Robert G. Rabil, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned scholar. His books have been highly commended and reviewed by major academic journals. He is considered one of the leading experts on Salafism, radical Islam, and U.S.-Arab-Israeli relations. He earned doctoral degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. In May 2012, he was conferred with an honorary doctoral degree in humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and in 2022 he won the FAU Scholar of the Year award. He is a professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University.

    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2018-19
    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-13
    Recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award