Bar-Ilan University Prof. Kedar Explores Iranian Threat to Israel at AFBIU Events
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a Bar-Ilan University (BIU) professor with an expertise in Islamic fundamentalism, terrorist groups, and Arab societies, recently discussed "Israel's Future and Security with the Rise of a Radical Iran" at two American Friends of Bar-Ilan University (AFBIU) spring events — first at the Palm Beach Synagogue and then in New York City. More than 100 supporters of the AFBIU attended both events.
In Florida, Prof. Kedar is joined by event co-chairs and sponsors, Lynn Levy Deseckis and William Langfan
Prof. Kedar frequently advocates for Israel in the Middle East's Arabic language media. He speaks fluent Arabic, which distinguishes him from most of his colleagues who only communicate in English and/or Hebrew language media. As founder/director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam at BIU and a research fellow at the University's Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, he is noted for his in-depth knowledge of Iran, its antagonism towards Israel, and its determination to become a nuclear power.
He spoke at both events about the challenges faced by Middle East countries already fragmented by tribal, religious, and sectarian divisions. In talking about the tribal history of Iran, Prof. Kedar noted that the ancient Persian culture inherent in Iran's society makes the nation resistant to outside influence, in particular from Western countries. He discussed the challenges Israel, the Middle East, and the entire world would face with the threat of a nuclear-shielded Iran.
The 2012 Palm Beach Reception was sponsored by H. Irwin Levy, William Langfan and Lynn Levy Peseckis and co-chaired by Mr. Langfan and Mrs. Peseckis.
AFBIU supports the work of research fellows such as Dr. Kedar at the BESA Center who combat revisionist history while strongly defending Israel's right to secure borders in a demographically Jewish country.
At the New York event with Dr. Kedar were, from left, Eli Hermes, Dr. Mordecai D. Katz, chairman of the BIU Global Board, and AFBIU President Moshael Straus.
Jack Halperin and Gail Propp at the New York event.
Chaim and Naomi Steinberger with Dr. Kedar in New York.
Among the over 50 attendees at the Palm Beach Reception were Jerome and Ellen Stern.