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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Give Up on Netanyahu, Go to the United Nations

The greetings President Obama extended last week to Israel’s new government may have sounded conciliatory, but Mr. Obama no longer entertains any illusions about Israel’s leaders.

In the wake of last month’s election, the longtime peace activists and diplomats who have devoted much of their professional lives to achieving a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are more depressed and demoralized than ever before.

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