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Jerusalem Burning
The bloody conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
As a combat soldier in a commando unit of the Israel Defense Force who took part in the wars between Israel and the Palestinians, I break down misconceptions and misinformation about what is really happening between Israel and the Palestinians and the truth about the conflict, beyond what we see in the media. I bring stories from the battlefield, and present testimonies from Palestinians, whom I interviewed as a journalist in the Gaza Strip, in which they describe their fear of the Hamas leadership and their longing to live under Israeli rule, which had improved their lives and provided them with a livelihood. I will explain the main reasons for the bloody conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians? Who are the Palestinians, how were they created and where did the name Palestinians come from? What made them refugees? Do they have a right over Palestine? I will explain the importance of a secure and independent Jewish state for Jews who suffered from pogroms and the Holocaust, as well as the importance of an independent state for the broken and frightened Palestinian people, who are frustrated with their dangerous leaders who prefer to continue the war against Israel instead of building and developing an independent state in Gaza and the West Bank.

The importance of having a secure Jewish state
In this lecture I will talk about the importance of having a secure sovereign Jewish state and how it was created, from Theodore Herzl who planned it to David Ben Gurion who implemented it. I will talk about Zionism, Balfour Declaration, the pogroms and persecution against the Jews throughout 2,000 years of the diaspora, the impact of the Holocaust, the Jewish underground combat units fighting the British prior to the establishment of the State, what made the IDF the best army in the world.

One Canal and Three Wars
In this lecture I will talk about the importance of the Suez Canal. When was the Suez Canal dug and for what purpose? How important was it for the Mediterranean region, and whose interests did it serve? I will talk about the wars between Egypt – Britain – France – Israel that took place over it when the Egyptian President Nasser closed the canal and prevented freedom of navigation between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea and the Gulf.
I will describe one special heroic operation that had never been undertaken before. This operation, conducted by the Israeli general Ariel Sharon, became legendary and it is still taught in many military academies around the world. Towards the end I will describe Israel’s peace with Egypt and the assassination of Egyptian President Sadat, the first Arab leader to have signed a peace agreement with Israel.

The Holy Land
The story of a tiny piece of land that is sacred for Jews, Muslims, and Christians – three religions living in harmony under Israeli rule. I will describe the bloodshed and many wars that took place over it for the past 4,000 years. The Kingdom of Solomon and David. The story of the Exodus from Egypt, how the Hebrews became slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years and of Moses, the charismatic leader who took the Hebrew slaves from slavery to freedom on a long journey of forty years in the desert of Sinai until Joshua entered Promised Land through Jericho. how the world’s Diaspora was created, both by Ashkenazim and Sephardim. This dates from the first exile, the Babylonian exile, when the First Temple was destroyed by the Greeks. How was Israel established. What were the steps and difficulties encountered that led to the establishment of Israel. What is Zionism and when did Zionism begin, where and by whom. The difficulties of the first mega Aliya project. The conflict and social divisions between the Sephardi and Ashkenazi communities. The History of Sephardic Jews. What made the IDF it the best army in the world? Does Israel have nuclear weapons. Is Israel safe. Why was the world’s media hostile to Israel during the Lebanon and Gaza wars? Whose fault was that?

The battlefield
In this lecture I will take you on a journey through the actual battle sites in Israel where Jews fought to achieve Israel’s independence and the establishment of the Jewish state. As a former soldier I will explain those critical battles as they happened and where they took place. I will talk about places where heroic soldiers sacrificed themselves for the Jewish state, the locations of key events in the establishment of the Jewish state and places where you can learn exactly how Israel took shape. These include: Places of significant battles in the wars of 1948, the crucial battles for the Golan Heights and Jerusalem, the Six Day War 1967 and the Yom Kippur War 1973

The Islamic State organisation (IS) Can they succeed to establish an Islamic state? The dangers posed by young radical extremists who study the Koran in the most extreme way, and their mission to kill those who do not believe in Islam.

The Koran and Islam – Is Islam a peaceful religion or the hhabitat of terrorists? The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic (Sharia) Law. How the radical Islamists could succeed to impose Sharia law on the world?

Jerusalem Burning – Part 1
What are the main reasons for the bloody conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians? Jews and Arabs lived together in harmony and peace in Palestine for 700 years – so what caused the conflict between them? As far as the Arabs were concerned, the Jews had appropriated their land and their homes, making them homeless and unaccountable refugees scattered around the world. On the other hand, for the Jews, it was a return to the Promised Land where they had lived 2,000 years ago. Who is right and who is wrong?
I will explain the historical background of the Israelis and Palestinians – the ups and downs, the tragedies, the struggles for survival and the ongoing wars. I will also bring some stories from the battlefield of Lebanon where I fought in 1981 as a combat soldier in a commando unit of the Israel Defense Force.

Jerusalem Burning – Part 2
Who are the Palestinians, how were they created and where did the name Palestinians come from? What made them refugees? Do they have a right over Palestine? In the lecture, I will describe the Palestinian story from 700 years ago to the present. There are 5 million Arab refugees scattered around the world because of the wars with the Jews, and because of their leaders who declared war on the Jews in Palestine and gave their people a false promise that they would return to their homes within a few days. I will bring an accurate description of their living conditions in 6 refugee camps where I have visited both as a journalist and as a soldier. I will present one or two stories from the battlefield in the Gaza war in which I participated in 1987. I will explain the importance of a secure and independent Jewish state for Jews who suffered from pogroms and the Holocaust, as well as the importance of an independent state for the broken and frightened Palestinian people, who are frustrated with their dangerous leaders who prefer to continue the war against Israel instead of building and developing an independent state in Gaza and the West Bank. I will present testimonies from Palestinians, whom I interviewed as a journalist in the Gaza Strip, in which they describe their fear of the Hamas leadership and their longing to live under Israeli rule, which had improved their lives and provided them with a livelihood.

The Holy Land and Jesus
The story of a tiny piece of land that is sacred for Jews, Muslims, and Christians – three religions living in harmony under Israeli rule. I will describe the bloodshed and many wars that took place over it for the past 4,000 years. The Kingdom of Solomon and David. The birth of Jesus Christ and the birth of Christianity.
The story of the Exodus from Egypt, how the Hebrews became slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years and of Moses, the charismatic leader who took the Hebrew slaves from slavery to freedom. The journey of the Exodus from Egypt for forty years in the desert of Sinai until Joshua entered Promised Land through Jericho.

The birth of Jesus Christ and the birth of Christianity. How this young Jew from Nazareth became the greatest and most famous leader in history. His journey through the Holy Land from Nazareth through Bethlehem to Jerusalem where he was captured by the Romans and crucified. His resurrection after 3 days and his eternal journey of revelation and miracles. Was Mary Magdalene his only love or were there others? This is the story of a charismatic holy leader who attracted thousands of believers, now numbering two billion.

The birth of the Italian Mafia and its influence on the world
The triangular thread from the origins of the Mafia in Italy, the first Mafia criminal acts, and the rise and establishment of its branches in New York and Chicago. The bloody war between the mob leaders in Italy, New York and Chicago, including the legendary Al Capone.
The involvement of the Mafia in American politics, such as the assassination of President Kennedy, and with the rich and famous, such as Frank Sinatra and others.
My personal background contributes to the tremendous success of this subject that fills halls at every lecture. My grandfather’s brothers were involved with the Mafia. I was born into a family of Italian origin in the 1950s, and grew up on stories of blood and murder and crimes that I later saw in films. As a child I heard my grandfather, his brothers and their friends describe how the Mafia in Italy began, how they committed crimes, how they spent time in prison (prisons where they were in fact the rulers and bosses). My grandfather himself left Sicily for Rome where he studied law and became a judge.