Netanyahu and Obama?
A TOWN HALL CONFERENCE
Wednesday, May 13,
Yossi Beilin discussed the prospects for
Israeli-Palestinian and regional peace under the Netanyahu and
Obama administrations. He also spoke to the unique role of
the American Jewish community in building support for both
Israeli-Palestinian and regional peace agreements. Beilin is a
leading proponent of the peace process between Israel and it's
neighbors -- especially the Palestinians -- identifying Israel's
national interest as being best served by achieving a fair,
just, and comprehensive peace in the region.
Yossi Beilin is the former chair of the
Israeli Meretz-Yachi, a former member of Knesset and principal
Israeli architect of the Geneva Accord.
Dr. Beilin's lengthy career of public service, beginning in
1984 with his appointment as Cabinet Secretary, makes him one of
the most experienced politicians in Israel. A member of Knesset
for eleven years, Dr. Beilin has held ministerial positions in
the governments of Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud
Yossi Beilin initiated the secret channel of talks that
resulted in the 1993 Oslo Accords, and subsequently in late 1995
drafted a 'non-paper' of guidelines for a permanent status peace
agreement with Palestinian leader Abu Mazen.
In July 2001, following the fall of the Barak government and
finding himself out of official political office, Yossi Beilin
led a group of Israeli intellectuals and academics in signing a
Joint Declaration with Palestinian peers, headed by Minister
Yasser Abed Rabbo, the first and only action of its kind since
the start of the current crisis. In parallel, Dr. Beilin and Mr.
Abed Rabbo, leading teams of Israeli and Palestinian experts,
former officials and members of civil society, initiated talks
aimed at reaching a detailed permanent status agreement. This
effort culminated in the Geneva Accord, which was officially
launched in Geneva, on December 1, 2003.
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Palestinian peace agreement.
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