Waleed K. Salem
Waleed K. Salem is an Egyptian journalist and a doctoral candidate in political science. His reporting has appeared in Nature, Nature Middle East, The New Atlantis and other publications.
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In my Tora stint the question most often posed to me was: “Why did you come back?” Even when sympathetic, my inquisitor wanted to know what on earth I was thinking, returning to Egypt when I did not have to, after I had set up a life for myself elsewhere.
Maoz Fine, who studies coral reefs, was especially agog about the prospects of peace and better ties between his country and states along the Red Sea shores. When the first fruits of peace arrived, however, Fine and an ad hoc coalition of sundry Israelis found it unpalatable. A deal to bring oil from the UAE to Israel and then to Asia and Europe left many up in arms.