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This week’s 20 Questions hosts Yuli Edelstein, Likud MK and Public Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs Minister.
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asserts that the argument that Israel has been using for years along
the lines of, “see what they do and then they condemn us for doing the
same thing” doesn’t work. While Israel needs to remind the world that
Hamas terrorists are copycats of Osama bin Laden, and that mourning the
death of the Al Qaida “martyr” and condemning the “terrible, cruel act
of the American administration in killing him” is inexcusable, Israel
should be focusing its hasbara efforts on showing a truer picture of
the country’s reality.
Edelstein believes that the number one fallacy regarding the perception
of Israel is that it is a war zone with its citizens sitting in bomb
shelters – an image, he says, perpetuated by the foreign press
correspondents based here, whose primary mandate is to cover the
Edelstein’s office concentrates its energies on showing the world
Israel’s flourishing democracy, and in particular, pointing out just
how relevant Israel is to billions of people around the world that
don’t have the first idea that things ranging from USB sticks to
certain medicines would not exist if the Jewish state didn’t either.
Edelstein admits that the decision to release graphic photos of the
Fogel family was not an easy one to make. He added that the image of
Glenn Beck holding the pictures on Fox news without showing them to the
camera was more effective than publicizing the photos themselves.
Edelstein postulates that while sometimes the conflicting voices coming
from the same government makes his job more difficult, it also
illustrates how democratic and dynamic Israel is for allowing different
opinions to be openly expressed.
He also denounces the argument that two big parliamentary parties would
be better than having twenty different factions, explaining that this
would not suit Israel’s young, mosaic society.
In response to the Hamas-Fatah unity, Edelstein believes that it is
inevitable that anyone running for office from either the PA or Hamas
will compete in showing who hates Israel more and what they will do to
Israel if elected. However, he acknowledges the conundrum that Israel
can’t realistically sign a viable agreement with the PA as long as
Hamas continues to rule over half the Palestinian population.
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