CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
The 2017 Feinberg Lecture Series invited Professor Kenneth W. Stein last Thursday to discuss his research, “Arab Israeli Negotiations: Why they Worked in the 70s but Not Now” to the College and the Whittier community in the Shannon Center. Stein discussed the Arab-Israeli territorial conflicts and how foreign policies are more complex due to war, allies, and negotiations.
Stein is a professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science, and Israeli Studies. He has given lectures to about 60 to 80 different universities, including Brown University. He is also the president of the Center for Israeli Education (CIE), which provides religious education and curriculum to people in Israel. Stein said when the CIE had originated, it had “a goal to be able to teach Middle Eastern History and early conflicts in one task… And to provide curriculum and the readings and pedagogic tools to teach [people] what they teach and teach better.”
All of Stein’s work and accomplishments with the CIE were inspired by his parents — German Jews who emigrated from Nazi Germany. “It made me conscious of who I was . . . and gave me my identity,” said Stein.
During the presentation, worksheets of data were distributed by ushers. These compared the events and negotiations in and between Israel and Palestine that occurred in the 1970s and compared them to 2017 to see how the two countries have progressed and declined over the past 43 years.
Israel and Palestine are currently in a situation where the Israeli state is more prepared to negotiate their land while the Arab State is in critical condition with its leaders and organization. Stein explained that this conflict is about two states who need to ask who will give and who will take and the U.S. could contribute to this negotiation.