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Group at Brandeis stirs debate on Israeli politics

More than 250 students from area schools join conversation led by new organization

WALTHAM — When the leaders of a new Brandeis student group created to foster a more productive dialogue about Israel began planning their first conference, they did not know that Israel would hold elections just days before. Nor could they know that gains by centrists would lend fresh energy to discussions around the world about Israel’s future.

The unforeseen Israeli political developments helped animate the conversation at Sunday’s gathering hosted by Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World, despite what many regard as dim prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal anytime soon. More than 250 students from Bran­deis and colleges and universities around the region met to discuss how they could make campus dialogue more civil, and more focused on the future.

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