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The Israeli Peace Movement and the 2006 Lebanon War: Conversation with Galia Golan, Professor in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy; Herzlia, Israel: October 16, 2006, by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Galia Golan who is a professor in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy in Herzliya, Israel. Professor Golan came to the IDC from a long career at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where as Darwin Professor of Soviet and East European Studies she served as chair of the Department of Political Science, chair of the Lafer Center for Women's Studies, and chair of the Mayrock Center for East European and Eurasian studies.

  1. Background ... apolitical upbringing ... discovering apartheid ... civil rights movement ... Brandeis and Marcuse ... East European studies ... becoming a Sovietologist
  2. The Cold War ... surprising end to the Soviet Union ... pluralism ... Gorbachev and Dubcek ... Soviet and U.S. roles in Mideast politics
  3. Israel Today ... impact of globalization ... individualist vs. socialist values ... rise of right wing ... compared to apartheid ... occupied territories ... loss of freedom of movement ... political hypocrisy ... enduring sense of victimization
  4. The Peace Movement ... history of Peace Now ... broad appeal ... extra-parliamentary ... effect of 2006 Lebanon war ... existential threat ... complicated ... unpopularity of settlers ... disappointment over failure of Oslo ... second Intifada ... pragmatic approach ... peace with Syria
  5. The Lebanon War ... inexperienced Israeli leadership ... political flip-flop ... role of the military ... chief of staff ... guerrilla warfare ... mistaken reliance on air power ... military out of practice
  6. U.S. - Israel Relations ... Cold War relationship ... Israel's dependency ... U.S. lack of will ... Americans for Peace Now ... role of AIPAC lobby ... Iran ... engagement instead of confrontation
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