Yohanan Plesner served as the first director-general of Kadima and as one of its Knesset members from 2007 to 2013. During that time, he served on the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee; the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee; as the co-chairman of the Knesset Lobby for Students and Higher Education; chair of the Knesset’s permanent delegation to the Council of Europe; and the chair of the Committee for Equality in National Service. On completing its work, the Equality in National Service committee submitted a thorough, detailed, and gradated plan for solving one of the most important and complex socioeconomic challenges in Israeli society: the discrepancy in national service among Israel’s various sectors.
Our Voice of the Fortnight is Deputy Editor Samuel Nurding speaking with Anders Persson, senior lecturer at Linnaeus University and author of the new book, ‘EU Diplomacy and the Israeli-Arab Conflict, 1967-2019‘ (Edinburgh University press, 2020). The two discuss the EU’s role in the conflict over the last 50 years, the impact of the UAE and Bahrain peace deals on EU policy toward the conflict, and how the EU has contributed to the development of Israel.