Gidon Ariel interviews Daniel Seaman, Israeli Political Analyst
Daniel Seaman is an Israeli political commentator and media analyst. He serves as an advisor to the Israel Defense and Security Forum (IDSF).
Daniel served for 31 years in the Israeli government. He retired in 2014 as Deputy Director
General of the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. He served from 2000 to 2010 as Director of the Government Press Office, responsible for coordination with the foreign press in Israel.
He is author of the recently published book “Israel and the Foreign Media” on the manipulation involved in the media’s presentation of the Middle East conflict.
Daniel served in the IDF in an elite paratrooper unit and is a veteran of the first Lebanon War in 1982. He continued his service as a paratrooper in reserve for 25 years.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the City University of New York’s Hunter College while a member of the Consulate General of Israel in New York between 1983 and 1989. He later joined the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit as an officer.
He resides in Jerusalem, is married, and is the father of four children.
Conflict in Israel: Personal Experiences and Impact
Daniel and Gidon discussed the current war in Israel, with Daniel sharing his personal experiences growing up and living in Jerusalem and Ashkelon. He mentioned the recent escalation in violence and how it has been a reality for the people living in these regions for over a hundred years. Daniel talked about his work with the Israel Defense and Security Forum. The discussion ended with a conversation about the geography of Israel and the proximity of Ashkelon to the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Military Bravery Discussed
Daniel and Gidon held a discussion about the bravery of the Israeli military, particularly the navy, in preventing hundreds of terrorists from reaching the beaches of Ashkelon and northward. They also acknowledged the crucial role of the young generation, including female soldiers, who demonstrated remarkable courage and efficiency. Furthermore, Gidon shared a story about Rabbi Benny Kalmanzon and his two sons who, despite not being called up for service, took up arms and rushed to the scene to save dozens of lives. Both agreed on the significance of these acts of heroism in the face of danger. Gidon also expressed his admiration for Israelis who leave their vacations to join the army during times of crisis. Daniel shared his experience as a paratrooper and his family’s history of serving in the Israeli military. He highlighted the current challenges facing Israel and emphasized the importance of standing up for the country, not just for their own lives, but for something greater.
Israel’s Horrors: A Discussion on Militant Terrorism
Daniel and Gidon discussed the horrors committed by militant terrorists and civilians who infiltrated Israel. Daniel expressed his view that the atrocities committed were worse than those carried out by the Nazis during the Holocaust. He detailed the brutal assaults, rapes, and murders that took place and the filming and sharing of these acts by their perpetrators for pleasure. He also expressed his dismay at the global support and justification for these actions.
Israel’s Future and Threats Discussed
Daniel expressed a sense of urgency regarding the future of Israel, criticizing countries for prioritizing their interests over justice and thanking the United States for its support of Israel. He warned of the threat posed by extremist Islamic groups and emphasized the challenges faced by Israel, particularly in relation to ongoing conflicts with Hamas and other groups. Daniel highlighted the importance of understanding their enemies and the need for a robust response, stating that Israel’s response has been quick and ruthless.
Abrahamic Accords and Iran’s Disarmament
Daniel and Gidon discussed the Abrahamic accords, their geopolitical implications, and the need to disarm Iran due to its potential threat to humanity. Daniel emphasized the accords’ strategic importance, particularly in relation to European energy dependence on Russia, China, and Iran. He also mentioned the West’s attempts to isolate Iran and suggested that Russia and China, often considered Iran’s allies, would not involve themselves in a conflict due to domestic issues and strategic approaches. Daniel hinted that Iran could be disarmed through economic and other means and suggested that this could happen within the next few weeks.
Global Events and Biden’s Approach Discussed
Daniel expressed his approval of the Biden administration’s approach to American interests, particularly in relation to Israel. He praised President Biden for his support of Israel and his decisiveness on the issue. Daniel also discussed Israel’s role in international interest and the United States’ moral values that support Israel. He considered Hamas and the PLO as equally dangerous entities and mentioned a potential shift in Israeli politics with quality individuals entering the political system. Daniel emphasized the importance of political involvement for the defense of Israel and its future political changes.
Daniel’s Views on Peace, History, and Aid Misuse
Daniel expressed his view that Israel should not take risks for peace, arguing that the other side would benefit more. He delved into the history of Islam and Jews, emphasizing the importance of learning from historical facts rather than university teachings. He challenged the concept of a Palestinian people, suggesting that the land was named Palestine by the Romans, and believed Jordan could provide a homeland for those desiring a Palestinian state. Daniel also criticized the misuse of international aid in Gaza, claiming it was used by Hamas and the PLO to build weapons and enrich themselves. He and Gidon expressed concern over what they see in the West, particularly among many Europeans and Americans who they believe are misguided in their support of Hamas over Israel.
Moral Decay and Judeo-Christian Values
Gidon and Daniel discussed the moral decay that has occurred in society and how it has impacted societal values. Daniel identified the origin of moral values to the Judeo-Christian tradition, particularly the Ten Commandments given to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai. He emphasized that while Jews are responsible for upholding these values, they are also meant for all humanity to create a meaningful and humane life. They also touched upon the importance of Christianity in spreading these values to broader humanity. The discussion concluded with a reference to Zechariah’s prophecy about a day when the elderly will sit in the streets of Jerusalem and children will play before them, symbolizing a peaceful and prosperous society.