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A Liberal Standpoint

Haaretz Editor-in-Chief Aluf Benn talks about his deeply rooted Zionism, civil rights and why criticism goes hand in hand with democracy and shares his liberal, pragmatic approach to peace and making Israel stronger.

These Defining Zionism segments were filmed in front of a live audience on June 15 at Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center in Manhattan, an event presented in partnership with The Jewish Week.

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Join Aluf Benn as he discusses the following topics:

Aluf Benn | Meet the Editor: Deep Zionist roots
Meet the Editor: Deep Zionist roots

Aluf Benn talks about his family’s Zionist roots, pre-dating the state of Israel.

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Aluf Benn | A Liberal Mindset for a Strong State
A Liberal Mindset for a Strong State

The editor talks about the need for a strong, independent judiciary and separation of powers and what he thinks would make Israel even stronger -- despite her enemies.

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Aluf Benn | A Jewish & Democratic Israel
A Jewish & Democratic Israel

"You can have a democracy with basic civil rights and still have a Jewish character," says Benn.

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Aluf Benn | Criticism Is the Most Basic Part of Democracy
Criticism Is the Most Basic Part of Democracy

People outside of Israel are entitled to an opinion.

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Aluf Benn | Being Practical About Peace
Being Practical About Peace

What, asks Benn, will Israel give in exchange for Palestinian recognition of Jewish state?


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