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Live From Tel Aviv

Marc SchulmanReporting live from Tel Aviv, Marc Schulman, a political historian talks with Maria about his time with his family in Israel.  Marc has his Bachelors degree and his Masters degree from Columbia University.  His MA is in Political Science and his specialization was the Middle East.

Marc moved to Israel for the first time in 1975 and became an officer in the Israeli Air Force.  He has lived in Israel at different times for a total of twelve years.  He was considered a lone soldier – soldiers who are in Israel without parents.  When his then 18 year old daughter wanted to serve, the family moved to Israel with her so that she would not be a lone soldier as well.

Marc is fluent in Hebrew and he shares that the three main television stations in Tel Aviv are broadcasting all news, all the time from 6am to midnight, dropping all other programming.  That’s as if ABC, CBS, NBC television stations here in the United States would be broadcasting only news for eighteen hours a day, all day, every day!

The Israeli anti missile system has been 100% effective thus far.  He explains what the sound of a siren means to the residents and how they should proceed when they hear one.   As one might imagine, living in a metropolitan area and hearing a siren is akin to being in a war zone and having to seek shelter.  Thus Marc used to go to the beach regularly, but because there isn’t shelter there, he feels that it is unwise to visit and enjoy.  This has been the case for nearly 3 weeks.

Having lived in Israel on and off for the past 40 years, Marc shares what he sees, experiences and learns regarding what is happening in Israel and the Middle East.

Marc who voted for President Obama also opines about how he feels the President is doing with regards to this matter as well as Secretary of State John Kerry’s actions thus far.

A conversation you do not want to miss!

Click here to read Marc’s Newsweek articles.