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Book Talk - Ami Ayalon - Friendly Fire: How Israel Became its Own Worst Enemy

Thursday, October 14, 2021 8 Cheshvan 5782

3:00 PM - 3:45 PMZoom

Book Talk: Friendly Fire: How Israel Became Its Own Worst Enemy

Subheading: Former Shin Bet Director, Knesset and Cabinet Member Ami Ayalon on Israel’s foundational myths and national security concerns


"If Israel becomes an Orwellian dystopia," writes Ami Ayalon, former Shin Bet Director, "it won't be thanks to a handful of theologians dragging us into the dark past. The secular majority will lead us there motivated by fear and propelled by silence." His recent book chronicles his journey, from kibbutz to decorated commando, naval commander, intelligence chief and cabinet member, and how he came to realize that the sustainable and democratic Jewish homeland for which he repeatedly risked his life, and killed, can only be realized side-by-side with a Palestinian state whose citizens have genuine hope for their own bright future. Hear his story and his solutions for the future.


Admiral (Ret.) Ami Ayalon is a former Flotilla 13 (Israel's navy SEALs) commando, commander of the navy, director of the Shin Bet security agency, cabinet minister, Knesset member and a recipient of the Medal of Valor, Israel's highest military decoration. With Sari Nusseibeh, he established the People's Voice peace initiative in 2002. He is a member of Commanders for Israel's Security, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Haifa Research Center for Maritime & Strategy and chairman of AKIM Israel (the National Association for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities). He organized and was featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, The Gatekeepers.



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