Giuliano Amato

Professor Amato was a Full Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Rome from 1975 to 1997. He is currently a part-time professor at the EUI in Florence and gives yearly seminars at the Law School at the Columbia University, New York. He is a former member of the Chamber of Deputies and former Minister of Interior in the Government of Italy; Professor Amato has been the prime minister of Italy on two occasions, Treasury Minister and Vice-President of the Convention on the Future of Europe.

From 1994 to 1997, he headed the Italian Antitrust Authority. He has written books and articles on the economy and public institutions, antitrust, personal liberties, federalism and comparative government. In 2002, he was elected Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Does America really ‘share values’ with today’s Israel?

In the late sixties or early seventies, when I served as the executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, the coordinating body for certain social action and interreligious activities of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform national rabbinical and congregational organizations in the United States, I had a private conversation—one of many—with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who was considered the leader of modern Orthodoxy in the United States, if not the world.

Rabbi Soloveitchik had just completed a high-level seminar attended by a select group of rabbis and Christian ministers. I asked him if he would agree to lead another such a seminar on the Jewish attachment to the Land of Israel and the concept of “kedushat haaretz” (the holiness of the land), and how these are to be differentiated from concepts such as “blut und boden” (blood and land) at the heart of German fascism and other totalitarian regimes.

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