Yossi Beilin

Negotiator of the Geneva Accords for Middle East Peace & Former Israeli Minister of Justice,

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 Barak. His roles have included Deputy Foreign Minister, Deputy Finance Minister, Minister of Economy and Planning, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, and Minister of Justice. Yossi Beilin is a leading proponent of the peace process with Israel’s neighbors and especially the Palestinians, identifying Israel’s national interest as being best served by achieving fair, just, and comprehensive peace in the region. He initiated the channel of talks that resulted in the 1993 Oslo Accords, and in July 2001, Yossi Beilin led a group of Israeli experts, former officials, and members of civil society and initiated talks aimed at reaching a detailed permanent status agreement. This effort culminated in the Geneva Accord, which was officially launched in Geneva on 1st December 2003. Before entering politics, Yossi Beilin worked as a journalist, and taught political science at Tel Aviv University, where he received his doctorate. He is the author of several books.