Ra’anan Gissin, Former Senior Advisor to Ariel Sharon, to Speak at University of Washington
November 16, 2007 -- Seattle, WA -- Dr. Ra’anan Gissin, former senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, will address students and faculty at the University of Washington on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Gissin will visit the university as a speaker for Caravan for Democracy, an initiative of Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International that drives constructive dialogue on college campuses throughout the United States by bringing speakers representing a wide spectrum of political and philosophical thought from Israel to discuss the issues affecting Israel, how it is covered in the media, and its unique role as the only democracy in the Middle East.
The lecture will take place at Hillel UW, the Foundation for Jewish Life at the University of Washington, located at 4745 17th Avenue N.E. in Seattle, and will be followed by a question and answer session. Students are encouraged to pre-register for the event at http://www.caravanfordemocracy.org/.
“As we approach Israel's 60th anniversary as a state, it is increasingly important that we understand what we are celebrating,” said Sarah Persitz, a senior at UW who coordinates Caravan for Democracy programming at the school. “Bringing Dr. Gissin to campus is a step in the journey to understanding. It is my hope that his visit will encourage our campus community to engage in the struggle to understand Israel and its relevance for Jews and non-Jews alike.”
A fifth generation Israeli born in Kibbutz Hasollelim, Dr. Gissin’s distinguished career with the Israel Defense Forces began in 1979 with his position as a strategic analyst in the planning branch, where he was involved in the planning and implementation of the Sinai withdrawal. During most of the 1980s, which included the war in Lebanon and the first intifada, he served as an IDF spokesman. In 1991, Dr. Gissin served as special advisor to the Israeli delegation at the Madrid Peace Conference and the subsequent negotiations with Arab and Palestinian delegations in Washington, D.C. After retiring from active duty in 1993, Dr. Gissin initiated and organized the Pension 200 Conference in Israel with senior Israeli economic leaders and top fund executives and investors from the United States. In 1996, he was appointed spokesperson of the newly created Ministry of National Infrastructures headed by Ariel Sharon.
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