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David Saranga

Entries by David Saranga

60 Years Ago This Month: The Israeli Navy Lay the Foundations for a Long Tradition of Humanitarian Aid

(141) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 4:36 PM

During the past decade, social media have played a major part in the news coverage of large-scale humanitarian disasters, by reporting in real time the stories of the rescuers and the rescued. This was clearly evident during the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the nuclear leaks at...

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Everything Democracies Can Do on Social Media, Terrorists Can Do Better

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 8:04 PM

Imagine what the 9/11 terror attacks would have looked like had YouTube, Facebook and Twitter been around at the time. Imagine the kinds of photo that would have appeared on Facebook, the tweets you might have received, or alternately, the farewell videos that the victims trapped in the WTC might...

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My TEDxTelAviv: Two Speakers, So Distant from One Another and Yet So Close

(2) Comments | Posted April 25, 2010 | 12:23 PM

"I have two options - the path of darkness or the path of light. I choose the latter" these words were spoken by Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician who lost his three daughters during the war in Gaza, and who is today a candidate for the Nobel Peace...

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'Israel Is Not The Problem. Israel Is America's Partner'

(18) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 10:10 AM

Any attempt to understand the recent diplomatic crisis between Israel and the United States should not search for answers in diplomacy manuals. Nor would I recommend looking in history books or standard poli-sci texts. Understanding the current situation requires a different set of concepts, drawn from a much more basic...

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Ajami and the Oscars: Who Really Represents Israel?

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 11:02 PM

When I returned to Israel several months ago, after serving for four years as Israel's Consul for Media and Public Affairs in New York, I wrote an article for the Huffington Post, referring to the Israeli Arab minority, indirectly criticizing my country for failing to treat...

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Weakness is Strength -- Dealing with Terror in the Middle East

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 10:55 AM

In an interview George Mitchell gave to PBS, before embarking on his mission to the Middle East this week, the special envoy referred to the release of Palestinian terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held hostage by Hamas in Gaza. He noted that...

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Social Media as a Platform for Dialogue in the Middle East

(9) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 7:38 AM

How can a conflict to which writers have devoted entire books, and which journalists attempt to explain in a few thousand words of copy be encapsulated in a mere 140 characters? This was the central question posed by the New York Times reporter who interviewed me for an article...

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"We Love Obama, He is African and Loves Peace"

(6) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 7:41 AM

I recently completed my four year post as Israel's Consul for Media and Public Affairs in New York and decided to take a leave of absence in order to travel and gain new experiences. I chose Morocco as my first destination -- as it is one of the few...

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Tel Aviv Gay Murders Shocked Our Tolerant Nation: Israeli Spokesman

(107) Comments | Posted August 7, 2009 | 4:26 PM

"The State of Israel will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex." These were the words of David Ben Gurion, who declared Israel's independence in 1948, and they have since become the defining pillars of our statehood.

Israelis were...

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