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This week’s 20 Questions hosts Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. A man of many hats, Ayalon was formerly the chief foreign policy adviser to former prime minister Ariel Sharon, ambassador to the US for 4 years, and chairman of Nefesh B'Nefesh.
Ayalon answered candidly on a range of subjects including the situation in Lebanon, investigating left wing organizations and improving Israel’s hasbara efforts.
Regarding the Gaza disengagement, Ayalon says
that given the hindsight we now have, Israel would not have made the
decision. Not only did the Palestinians not use the withdrawal as a
game-changer, since 2005 even more rockets have been fired on southern
While Ayalon strongly supports the
Jewish nature of Israel’s democracy, he urges that steps be taken to
curb the religious rigidity of the state. The DFM maintains that in
matters such as marriage and conversion, pluralism must be introduced
and Israeli citizenry must include Reform and Conservative Jews.
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