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Audio: The Arab World, Not Through Western Eyes

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, expert in Arab language and culture, shares Middle East solutions.
8/8/2014, 11:59 AM

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Have you ever had a teacher who was a true educator, different from the rest, who changed the course of the rest of your life?
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, son of two Polish immigrants to Israel, had such a teacher for the Arabic language. The result was serving 25 years in the IDF military intelligence, and becoming an expert in Arabic language and culture.
Dr. Kedar shares the most important lesson in understanding the situation in the Middle East: one cannot view the Arab world from the eyes of a Western democracy. There are feuds within Muslim sects that have lasted for 14 centuries; a Western politician cannot "get them to change" in a dialogue lasting weeks or even months.
But is there a solution? Will Israel ever succeed in living at peace with her neighbors? Dr. Kedar has a revolutionary idea, based on the clans which already exist within Israel, that, according to him, just might work.
A regular guest on Israeli media in Hebrew, English and Arabic, Dr. Kedar also shares some of his wisdom regarding dealing with Arabic media.
Tune in to meet an intelligent thinker with a deep understanding of the events and people surrounding Israel, and to gain insight into what is happening, and how to use the media in our favor.

Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: www.bet-el.muni.il/tour_english.asp and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: www.facebook.com/beitel.heritage.center To "like" the Hebrew page: www.facebook.com/jacobs.dream Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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