Can Writers Save Israel?

May 18, 2008

The state of Israel turns Sixty in 2008, but what is its future as a Jewish democracy? The Arab population in Israel will soon outnumber the Jews. Even diehard Zionists are calling for the creation of a Palestinian state. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, a look at the role Israeli writers play in the Middle East Peace Process. Also, America's role in the area, which goes back to the eighteenth century.

  1. Jeffrey Goldberg on Israel's Demography and Democracy

    Jeffrey Goldberg talks with Jim Fleming about the role of the "public Intellectual" in Israel, the coming demographic problem the country faces, and expresses some doubt about Israel's long-term viability as a Jewish democracy.

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  2. Susan Abulhawa and Margot Singer on West Bank Refugee Camps

    Susan Abulhawa and Margot Singer talk with Steve Paulson about their experiences and writing about life in the refugee camps of the West Bank.

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  3. Meir Shalev on "A Pigeon and A Boy"

    Meir Shalev tells Jim Fleming that he thinks the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem reached at the conclusion of that war was a just one and that the parties should return to the 1948 agreement.

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  4. Etgar Keret on "The Girl on the Fridge"

    Etgar Keret tells Anne Strainchamps that he is the child of Holocaust survivors and that his work reflects life in Israel as it really is today. 

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  5. Michael Oren on "Power, Faith and Fantasy"

    Historian Michael Oren talks with Steve Paulson about how the Barbary Pirates brought the Marines to the shores of Tripoli and why they went into the Middle East six times during the 19th century.

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