Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
Travels from MD
Internationally-renowned journalist Rebecca Shimoni-Stoil served as a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the Times of Israel and a US political analyst for i24 News. She previously served as the Knesset and Internal Security correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and was the outlet’s acting Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief. While reporting from Israel, Rebecca provided accounts of rocket attacks in Sderot, train wrecks, suicide bombings and the Second Lebanon War from the front lines. She is completing her PhD at Johns Hopkins University, where her dissertation focuses on rural American politics in the post-war period, leading up to the elections of 2016.
Positively Israel & College Campuses
Middle Eastern Relations
Israel and America: New beginnings/Aging partnership Israel has a new coalition and America is approaching midterm elections, with speculation already beginning for 2016. What does it all mean for Israel's geopolitical situation, as well as for Israel's internal politics?
One Knesset, 120 Voices Who's in? Who's out? And how does the Knesset get anything done at all? I explain the different forces at work, and some of the major issues facing Israel politicians and legislators. (This can be appropriate for all knowledge levels, and can even be run for adults and teens as an interactive "game" on retreats/shabbatonim.)
Coalition for Change or a Blast from the Past? Religious politics in Israel, from separated busses to Tel Aviv's clubs. From drafting yeshiva students to the Women of the Wall. What is the state of Israeli Judaism and what directions might it take in the future?
Coming of Age in a Tough Neighborhood The Arab Spring, the Syrian Autumn, the Iranian bomb and the Turkish chill. What challenges does Israel face from its closest neighbors, and what can be done about it?
Homefront Under Fire Civilian and military challenges in protecting Israel's home front, from rocket-started wildfires to bomb-proof preschools. Strategies, stories, and an intimate look at civilian life under rocket fire and in the shadow of bombings.
The Army that Built the Nation How the IDF serves as a powerful tool for creating integration and understanding among Israel's diverse groups. What has the country gained from it and how can that balance be maintained?
"What are you doing here?” My own intimate story of the aliyah experience, service as the only female combat soldier in an Armored Corps combat unit in Gaza and the West Bank, the Second Lebanon War, the Second Intifada and offering a front-seat view of pretty much anything else newsworthy that has happened in Israel since 2001.
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