#12 – Exploring Jewish Identity, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and Hidden Media Truths with Katerina Parimon

Today, we have the privilege of introducing Katerina Parimon, an extraordinary Political Advisor who fearlessly navigated the intricate landscape of Israeli politics. Driven by her compassionate spirit and guided by an unwavering moral compass, Katerina skillfully guided her candidates towards the realms of equality and fairness, regardless of their ideological affiliations.

Delving beyond the realm of politics, Katerina’s indelible influence reverberates through her participation in a myriad of public initiatives and non-governmental organizations. Notably, she played a pivotal role in People Voice, a groundbreaking endeavor that unified one million Palestinians and one million Israelis in a resounding chorus for peace. This awe-inspiring display shattered preconceived notions, dispelling the fallacy that animosity and conflict define the relationship between these two nations.

In our captivating conversation, we embark on a profound exploration of Katerina’s distinctive viewpoint on Israel, Palestine, terrorism, and her transformative odyssey towards becoming a revered Political Advisor. Drawing from her vast array of real-world encounters within the politically charged landscape of a controversial country, Katerina mesmerizes us with her reservoir of wisdom and insights. Join us as we immerse ourselves in a compelling dialogue that unveils the profound teachings concealed within the extraordinary life of Katerina Parimon.

Katerina was a Political Advisor for different political candidates in Israel, starting with Right Wing, then moving to center then Left and finally completing the circle back at right wing. She used her heart and moral compass to try and steer her candidates towards equality and compassion.

Outside of Politics she has worked for various public projects and NGO´s including People´s Voice where 1 million Palestinians and 1 million Israelis signed a peace initiative to demonstrate that the people do not hate each other or want war and conflict.

She now works as an IT professional and is a Stand Up Comedian and dancer in her spare time.

Today we speak about Israel, Palestine, Terrorism, and Katerina´s career progression into a Political Advisor.

Katerina is a fascinating human with real world experience in the politics of a controversial country and I hope you enjoy our conversation.


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Topics/Chapters Discussed in this Episode

  1. Introduction: Who is Katerina Parimon? [00:00:00 – 00:01:12]
  2. The Jewish Diaspora: Identity and Cultural Diversity [00:01:12 – 00:19:28]
  3. Discipline and Mastery of the Mind and Body [00:19:28 – 00:39:32]
  4. Holding Politicians Accountable: The Intricacies of Political Consulting [00:39:32 – 01:02:20]
  5. From Assistant to Advisor: Katerina’s Journey Begins [01:02:20 – 01:26:08]
  6. How Humans Differ: The Balance of Change and Satisfaction [01:26:08 – 01:49:55]
  7. Unspoken Media Realities: What’s Really Happening in Israel-Palestine Conflict? [01:49:55 – 02:02:03]
  8. Unraveling the Only Truth: People Want Peace Within Coexistence [02:02:03 – 02:37:55]
  9. To Wrap It Up [02:37:55 – 02:42:44]

Resources Mentioned

  • The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business by Erin Meyer (2014)
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (2011)
  • Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (2015)
  • Various books by Carlos Castaneda (1960-1993)
  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray (1992)
  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss, Tahl Raz (2016)
  • The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity―and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race by Daniel Z Lieberman, Michael E Long (2018)

Insightful Quotes

  1. “You need to have an innate skill because you need to read the room. You need to read the people. You need to have a very strong feeling about it. But then also you need to have experience to know which one of your feelings got feelings and analysis works out of which doesn’t. They had both. And until now, these people are one of the top in consultancy.” – Katerina Parimon
  2. “I want peace on earth and I’m pro-peace on earth and I’m against, not peace on earth. Great stuff, all of us are. But this is so flat, this is so simplified, this is so simplistic and wrong. How about we go to the core of it and try to understand and help it?” – Katerina Parimon
  1. “One million Palestinian people, one million Israeli people, they signed peace agreement with themselves. They wanted to make it even bigger to show that people don’t want war, people want to live in peace between themselves” – Katerina Parimon
  2. “They need to have hope, everybody needs to have hope, it’s a horrible situation. Terror is not the way, of course it’s not.” – Katerina Parimon
  3. “You need to spend time, you need to know people on both sides, you need to talk to people, you need to understand the politics of the countries, you need to understand the history, to be able to give a real solid accurate, like, this is right, this is wrong.” – Conor Monaghan

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