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Silvan Shalom

Silvan Shalom is the Israeli Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee, and Minister of Energy and Water. It is November 2013 and the Minister is in the Negev Desert with the Prime Minister and other ministers for a Cabinet Meeting that takes place near the Tomb of Ben Gurion on the day of his anniversary. In Israel the Cabinet Meeting takes place on Sunday morning. The Minister finds some time for an interview, and he is very willing to talk about the new discovery of gas that will potentially change the Israelis’ economic...

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Asher Cohen

Asher Cohen works in a very modern office in one of the buildings of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, close to the Mount of Olives and overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. The University was founded by very prominent intellectuals like Freud, Einstein and Weizmann and it is the oldest University in Israel after the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. Can you describe your institution and your job to me? When we established the University 90 years ago we tried to cover the entire range of science, from Psychoanalysis with Freud, Chemistry with Weizmann, Theoretical...

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HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal

I go to visit His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal during October 2013 at his home in the Royal Palace of Amman, where he has lived with his wife for 45 years. The Italian Ambassador to Jordan, Patrizio Fondi, and Jacqueline Beaurang are with me. In the entrance hall, on a wall, are written long hand Koran Verses that HRH writes every time he comes back home from one of his many trips around the world.  His study, next to his library, is a small room.  He is warm and extremely polite.  He sits on a couch close to...

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