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Can We Talk About Israel? A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted


Daniel Sokatch is the chief executive officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF). He served as the executive director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Sokatch has been named four times to the Forward’s “Forward 50,” an annual list of the fifty leading Jewish decision makers and opinion shapers. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Sokatch holds an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and a BA from Brandeis University. He is married with two daughters and lives in San Francisco.

In his new book, "Can We Talk About Israel?" New Israel Fund CEO Daniel Sokatch breaks down the hot-button issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that are tearing up dinner tables, political parties, and college campuses. While social media and partisan fire-stoking continue to flatten the complexities, Sokatch provides an in-depth analysis praised by Publishers Weekly as an “accessible and balanced,” “fair-minded primer on one of the world’s most fiercely debated issues.” Join us for a conversation with New Israel Fund CEO Daniel Sokatch about his new book and how we can talk about Israel.