Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Blog

By Vieshnavi Rattehalli

2012 Fall Intern

In an Op-Ed for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), Sari Bashi, the Executive Director of Israeli human rights organization Gisha, called on both US presidential candidates to acknowledge that the absence of daylight between US and Israeli government positions is harming US humanitarian and foreign policy efforts. According to Bashi, a little daylight would go quite far in allowing the US to promote its foreign policy goals. The US could reinstate its scholarship program for students from Gaza wishing to study in the West Bank, a program currently on hold due to Israel’s sweeping travel ban against Palestinian students. Bashi also indicates that many Israelis believe that improving access to education for Palestinian students would greatly increase security and promote stability in the region. Bashi hopes that following the presidential election, the US can sincerely commit to its previously defined public diplomacy goals for education in the Middle East.

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