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L to R: Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Bar-Ilan University expert on Islam and Middle East Studies), Lynn Levy Peseckis, and William Langfan (event co-chairs and sponsors)Bar-Ilan University (BIU) Professor Mordechai Kedar, one of the Middle East’s leading experts on Islam, terrorist groups, Islamic fundamentalists, and Arab regimes, recently discussed “Israel’s Future and Security with the Rise of a Radical Iran” at the Palm Beach Synagogue. More than 50 supporters of the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University (AFBIU) attended this 2012 Palm Beach Reception, sponsored by H. Irwin Levy, William Langfan and Lynn Levy Peseckis and co-chaired by Mr. Langfan and Mrs. Peseckis.

Prof. Kedar is one of Israel’s most respected and aggressive advocates in the region’s Arabic language media, earning the attention of both Jews and Arabs in the Middle East. (This distinction sets him apart from his counterparts who ONLY communicate in English and/or Hebrew language media.) As founder/director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam at BIU, he is particularly noted for his brilliant insights into Iran, its hostility towards Israel, and the centrality of its nuclear ambitions.

After a brief welcome from Mrs. Peseckis (who mentioned BIU’s role as the fastest-growing university in Israel and its new medical school in the Galilee), Mr. Langfan introduced Prof. Kedar, noting that, “…my only regret is that there is no way of cloning him!” Prof. Kedar thanked the supporters for welcoming him back to Palm Beach, adding that, “…there are few places I feel at home, and this is one of them.”

Prof. Kedar began his presentation by commenting on the uncertain and ongoing results of the so-called 2011 “Arab Spring”, likening it to an actual metal spring, in that “when you release it, no one knows for sure where it will go.” He then discussed the challenges faced by Middle East countries already fragmented by tribal, religious, and sectarian divisions, leading into a sharp examination of Iran’s rise to power in recent years. According to Prof. Kedar, the ancient Persian culture inherent in Iran’s society makes the nation resistant to outside influence, in particular from the United States and Great Britain. He then outlined the challenges Israel, the Middle East, and the entire world would face with the threat of a nuclear-shielded Iran.

“While Israel has faced and overcome many threats over its 64-year history, nothing compares to the dangers presented by Iran’s nuclear ambitions,” said Mrs. Peseckis. “This greatly concerns those of us who love and support Israel here in the U.S., and we are grateful to Prof. Kedar and Bar-Ilan University for sharing the facts about this regime and the dangers it poses not just to Israel, but to the entire western world.”

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