Daniel levy

Daniel Levy is the President of the US / Middle East Project, based in New York and London. He is an advisor and former Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He was formerly Director of the New America Foundation’s Middle East Taskforce and a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation.

During the Barak Government of 1999-2001, Mr. Levy worked in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office as Special Adviser and Head of Jerusalem Affairs, following which Mr. Levy worked as Senior Policy Adviser to then Israeli Minister of Justice, Yossi Beilin. Mr. Levy was a member of the official Israeli delegation to the Taba negotiations with the Palestinians in January 2001, and previously served on the Israeli negotiating team to the “Oslo B” Agreement from May to September 1995, under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He also served as the lead Israeli drafter of model peace agreement, the Geneva Initiative. From 2003 to 2004, he worked as an analyst for the International Crisis Group’s Middle East Programme.

Mr. Levy received a Bachelors and Masters with Honors from King’s College, Cambridge where he was awarded prizes in Social and Political Science. He was the elected Chair of the World Union of Jewish Students and was also Projects Director for the Economic Co-operation Foundation, a policy planning think tank in Tel Aviv.

He is a member of the board of Directors of the New Israel Fund and of Molad, the Centre for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy, a Trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and serves on the board of the European Middle East Project.

Mr. Levy is a regular Middle East commentator on TV and radio, including with BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera, and has been published in various outlets among them the New York Times, the Financial Times and the Guardian.

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Does America really ‘share values’ with today’s Israel?

In the late sixties or early seventies, when I served as the executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, the coordinating body for certain social action and interreligious activities of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform national rabbinical and congregational organizations in the United States, I had a private conversation—one of many—with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who was considered the leader of modern Orthodoxy in the United States, if not the world.

Rabbi Soloveitchik had just completed a high-level seminar attended by a select group of rabbis and Christian ministers. I asked him if he would agree to lead another such a seminar on the Jewish attachment to the Land of Israel and the concept of “kedushat haaretz” (the holiness of the land), and how these are to be differentiated from concepts such as “blut und boden” (blood and land) at the heart of German fascism and other totalitarian regimes.

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