Dr. Benvenisti will trace the causes and describe the nature of this intercommunal conflict that involves issues of identity, absolute justice, clash of affinity to the same homeland, and conflicting myths. He will argue that such conflicts are insoluble but manageable, not necessarily because the sides can forgo their emotions but because otherwise they will destroy one another, and in such conflicts there are neither victors nor vanquished.
Meron Benvenisti has enjoyed a distinguished career as a scholar, politician, journalist, and administrator. He has served as Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem and twice as city councilor. Most recently he has been director of the Morning After project at the Truman Institute, Hebrew University. Dr. Benvenisti holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. He is the author of dozens of books and articles, among which are Conflicts and Contradictions (1986); Intimate Enemies: Jews and Arabs in a Shared Land (I995); Jerusalem, City of Stone (1996); and Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy Land 1948-1998 (2000).
Dr. Benvenisti's visit to Claremont McKenna College is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, the Dean of the Faculty, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.