Gidon Ariel and Jason Caplan - February 27, 2024

Israeli Local Elections and Gidon’s Decision
Gidon and Jason caught up, with Gidon sharing about recent local elections in Israel. He mentioned that the election was largely peaceful and not contentious, with two similar candidates vying for the position. Gidon shared that he decided not to run for re-election as a delegate of their community on the Regional Council, feeling that someone else in his community was eager to take on the role.

Israel’s Democracy and Ceasefire Discussions
Jason recounted his recent visit to Israel, where he was impressed by the democracy and the resilience of the Israeli people. He shared his experiences driving around the country and the appreciation he felt for its democratic values. Jason also discussed his encounter with Hezbollah(!!) and the experience of comforting the family of a fallen soldier. Gidon highlighted the unique aspect of Israeli democracy in the midst of surrounding tyrannies. They also discussed the concept of a ceasefire and the need for more research and understanding of the situation on the ground. Jason emphasized that ceasefire really means “reload” for the terrorists, who use the time to prepare for the next attack.

Israel’s Demographic Diversity and Accusations Discussed
Gidon and Jason discussed the demographic makeup and history of Israel, emphasizing its foundation by Jewish immigrants from non-democratic regions. Gidon highlighted the significant influx of immigrants from Muslim countries in Israel’s early years and the current diversity of its population, including a large Muslim Arab minority. They also touched on the accusations of apartheid and genocide leveled against Israel, with Jason expressing hope that those making such claims would be held accountable.

Enlightenment, Education, and Israel Experience
Jason proposed a second enlightenment and an education revolution to reaffirm Western values, which he believes are under threat. He suggested creating a “Pro Human Foundation.” He also shared his recent experience in Israel, where he implemented a successful music project, the Universal Language Room, and had positive interactions with different communities. Gidon suggested that Jason should write an op-ed or blog about his ideas, which Jason agreed to do.

Supporting Israel’s Economy Through Travel and Donations
Jason and Gidon had a discussion about their experiences in Israel, emphasizing the importance of supporting Israel’s economy by visiting and spending money there. Gidon shared about a Facebook group he created, “Once a Week for Israel”, which encourages regular support for Israel. They also discussed the idea of donating a dollar a day towards Israel via a website called www.dailygiving.org. Jason expressed his opinion about the significance of planning trips to Israel and mentioned an upcoming documentary highlighting Israel’s thriving status and freedom. Gidon, however, pointed out that this might not be possible for everyone.

Jason’s Documentary and Financial Planning
Jason shared about a documentary project he’s working on, which has received funding for a 5-minute proof of concept. The film will be sent to various film festivals and federations, and they are hoping to secure more funding for a 30 or 45-minute version. Jason also shared some heartwarming stories about his interactions with children and his experiences playing music in Tel Aviv. Gidon expressed his excitement to see the documentary and wished Jason success.

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