Kadima chief Tzipi Livni to discuss Israel-Diaspora relations at Brandeis forum

Oct. 4 event sponsored by Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

Tzipi Livni, a former foreign minister of Israel who is currently leader of the opposition in the Knesset and head of the Kadima party, will address Israel-Diaspora relations in a Town Hall meeting-style program at Brandeis on Monday, Oct. 4. Livni's party is the largest in Israel's parliament, and she has become one of the country's leading voices for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Brandeis program, sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, aims to foster a free exchange of ideas, questions and answers with Livni on the current state of the Israel-Diaspora relationship and the future of the Jewish people, against the background the recent developments and trends in Israel, the United States and the world. Livni will be joined by President Jehuda Reinharz, who is Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History, and Ilan Troen, director of the Schusterman Center, who is Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Professor of Israel Studies.

“Brandeis is hosting this event because of its prominence as a venue for creating thinking and leadership about Israel and the Diaspora and the relationship between the two,” Troen said.

Livni served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces and in the Mossad before she entering politics. She was one of the founders of Kadima in 2005, and the following year was appointed Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. With the establishment of the Netanyahu government, she became leader of Kadima Party and head of the opposition.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. Due to the overwhelming response, the program has been moved to Sherman Hall in Hassenfeld Conference Center, with overflow seating available for a live broadcast available in the Carl J. Shapiro Theather in Shapiro Campus Center. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited. RSVP by Sept. 30 by completing the online form. The same form can be used to submit a question to Livni. All questions will be considered but not all may be addressed due to time constraints. Bags will be subject to security inspection.

Call 781-736-2154 for further information.

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