Prof. Aumann: Freeze is “Immoral” and “Stupid”


professor-aumannProfessor Robert J. “Yisrael” Aumann, the Israeli who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2005 for his work on conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis, thinks Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is not working game-theory to Israel’s advantage. Professor Aumann, an Orthodox Jew who immigrated to Israel from the United States in 1956, spoke to Arutz Sheva’s Yoni Kempinski about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s 10-month building freeze in Judea and Samaria. Professor Aumann said “I think it’s a very, very bad idea.”

Professor Aumann went on to say he does not believe anyone – Jew or Arab – should be expelled from his home. He also said he is not opposed to making certain concessions to the Arabs if concessions are also given by them to Israel.

However, he felt strongly that the building freeze is not an instance of appropriate diplomacy. “It’s not only immoral, it’s stupid!” Aumann said. “It’s stupid… because it says to the Arabs, ‘you can continue to be intransigent and we will make one gesture, one capitulation after another.’ We’re giving the wrong signal.”

Click here to watch his remarks.

{Arutz Sheva/Yair Israel}


  1. Professor Aumann is completly right. The Israeli Govt keeps offering more and more concessions to the Arabs and receives nothing in return. It does not take a Nobel prize to see the folly of such behavior.