The opportunity to be in Israel gave me something that I value very much: knowledge. During these 15 days, I had the opportunity to observe up close the lives of Israelis, the development of the country, the economy, security issues, and more.
(Embassy of Israel, Brasilia)
My name is Renan de Souza and I recently returned from Israel where I participated in the course "Israel and the Middle East: Economic and Political Processes". First, I would like to thank you for choosing me to participate in this course. Studying in Israel during those 15 days was one of the greatest, best and most intense experiences of my life, both personally and professionally. I would also thank the support staff of the Israeli Embassy, which were extremely kind and helpful to me during the selection process.
As a journalist and foreign editor, and working for SBT- a national television network – I have a great responsibility regarding the information I write. So I always try to better understand the issues related to international relations, and now I think I am more capable and competent to write about topics related to Israel and the Middle East.
The opportunity to be in Israel gave me something that I value very much: knowledge. During these 15 days, I had the opportunity to observe up close the lives of Israelis, the development of the country, the economy, security issues, Israel’s technological advances – in addition, of course, to the issues related to the conflict. I visited places that I never thought to see before – Biblical sites, holy sites, and also places relating to the conflict. I had the opportunity to conduct a dialogue with representatives of the Israeli government, with plain people, citizens who somehow make a difference in Israel, as well as with officials of the security forces in order to understand their views, criticism and even self-assessments. I also had the chance to see the confrontation of ideas, the reality check and the different versions of the Arab-Israeli conflict and even possible solutions.
This experience also provided me the opportunity meet amazing people, whose friendship will remain with me for life, and gave me the honor of having studied with great teachers with vast knowledge at the International Institute of Leadership.
I returned to Brazil a much more tolerant and knowledgeable person, with a different view of the Middle East and the problems that plague the region and Israel.
Therefore, I am sending this message to express my thanks to the Israeli Embassy for having selected me to study these 15 days in the country. It is with great honor that I am now a Mashav alumni!