THE VISIT OF THE TWO PROFESSORS:
AN ASTONISHING SUCCESS
Contrary to some expectations, the visit of the two controversial American professors was a great success.
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, whose book
"The Israel Lobby" has caused an uproar in the
The professors came to
Contrary to the fears of some, they did not encounter any difficulty in
Another worry that proved groundless was that the visit would be killed by silence, as happened to the visit of former President Jimmy Carter. On the contrary, they were overwhelmed with requests from the media, both Israeli and foreign, for interviews. Since the visit lasted for less than 48 hours, it was impossible to grant all the requests.
During the entire visit, there was not a single negative incident. The
professors expressed their satisfaction with the fact that the Israeli public
was ready to listen and discuss, while such a debate is impossible in the
The visit began with a lecture at the
The positive attitude towards the guests was also due to their personality. If anyone expected dry and tough savants, they were proved wrong. They were seen to be warm, open and modest, eager for debate and without a trace of fanaticism or hostility, extremely well informed about Israeli affairs.
In between the public events and the dozens of interviews, the guests
took time out for a tour along the Separation Wall and in the settlement areas,
guided by Michael Warshawsky and Gush Shalom
activists. They expressed their complete adherence to the