Shlomo Ben-Ami

Shlomo Ben-Ami is an Oxford trained historian who holds a PHD from that university, a renowned author, and the former Israeli foreign minister. He taught in the history department of Tel Aviv University, was a visiting fellow at Oxford University, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington. Ben-Ami is the author of many books including Scars of War, Wounds of Peace.

He was appointed as Israel’s first Ambassador to Spain and was a member of Israel’s delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. In 1996, Ben-Ami was elected to the Knesset, where he served as a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Professor Ben-Ami was appointed Minister of Public Security in 1999 and Foreign Minister in 2000. He participated with Prime Minister Barak in the Camp David Summit and led the Israeli negotiating team in all the different phases of the negotiations with the Palestinians, including at Taba. He is currently the Vice President of the Toledo International Center for Peace, of which he is a co-founder.

Throughout 2009, Prof. Ben Ami served in the Advisory Board of The International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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