Israel’s First Bedouin Diplomat, Ishmael Khaldi, on “Israel and it’s Counter-Terrorism Stategies“

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In June 2016, AKWorld President and CEO, Lise Falskow, joined a World Affairs Councils of America Leadership Mission to Israel, experiencing the country for the first time. While in Israel, Khaldi, who is a former AKWorld speaker, hosted Lise for a couple days, sharing his perspective of Israel with her.

In a moderated discussion with Israel’s First Bedouin Diplomat, Ishmael Khaldi, Lise will explore the topic of Israel’s counter-terrorism strategies.



  • Ishmael Khaldi was born in the Bedouin village of Khawalid in the Western Galilee of Israel and was raised in a Bedouin tent until the age of eight. The third of eleven children, he walked four miles round trip to attend school. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Haifa, and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Tel Aviv University.Ishmael served in the Israeli Defense Forces, Defense Ministry, and the Israeli Police before being chosen to join the Foreign Ministry in October 2004, becoming Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat. He initially served in the Arabic Media Department acting as the Spokesperson to the Arabic media during the disengagement from Gaza. He was then transferred to the North American Division until being selected for Deputy Consul General in San Francisco, where he was stationed between 2006 and 2009. From August 2009 to January 2011 Khaldi was appointed to be policy adviser to Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman. From February 2012 to November 2015, Khaldi served as Counselor for Civil Society Affairs in the Embassy of Israel in London.In 2010 Ismael published his autobiography, A Shepherd’s Journey. The Huffington Post says, “[A Shepherd’s Journey] is a story that will inspire, educate and charm, told with authenticity and passion, as only a Bedouin can tell it.”


  • Lise Falskow, President & CEO of Alaska World Affairs Council

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council


RECORDED: Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel.


Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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