Ayalon on flotilla: Turkey, not Israel, must apologize

Deputy FM answers your questions on Hizbullah’s game plan, NGO's sponsored from abroad, and Latin America’s recognition of a Palestinian state.

January 17, 2011 01:49
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What is Hizbullah trying to achieve? Is the Israeli left a danger to the country? Do you regret the 'low chair' incident with Turkey’s ambassador?

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 Israel.

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.

Do you have a burning question for Danny Ayalon and missed the 20 Questions deadline? Don’t worry, you can submit a question to him via his web site.

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