Yossi Beilin


Remembering Shulamit Aloni: The Barefoot Girl of Israeli Politics

By Yossi Beilin

Remembering Shulamit Aloni: The Barefoot Girl of Israeli Politics
It is rarely easy to point to one person responsible for landmark social change. But when it comes to civil rights in Israel, there was one person. It was Shulamit Aloni.Read More


The Yom Kippur When I Lost My Faith

By Yossi Beilin

The Yom Kippur When I Lost My Faith
Before the Yom Kippur War, Yossi Beilin had blind faith in Israel’s leaders and in God. He emerged from the war utterly changed.Read More


Missing the Abu Mazen Opportunity

By Yossi Beilin

Missing the Abu Mazen Opportunity
In June 2004 I visited Mahmoud Abbas in Amman. We met at the PLO’s official residence, where Abu Mazen (as Abbas is popularly known among both Palestinians and Israelis) likes to stay whenever he is in Jordan. We spent almost the entire day in conversation together.Read More


The Kind of Friend Israel Needs

By Yossi Beilin

President Bush was in this part of the world last month, and I had the opportunity to attend two of his speeches, one at the Knesset, the other at the World Economic Forum in Sharm el Sheikh. On both occasions I found myself standing up and clapping for a president whose feelings of friendship for Israel cannot be doubted — but both times I got up so as not to be the only person in the room to remain seated.Read More


The 1980s: Missed Opportunities

By Yossi Beilin

The 1980s: Missed Opportunities
The decade of the 1970s was, for Israel, the era of the Yom Kippur War and the peace with Egypt that came in the war’s wake. The 1990s were the time of the Oslo agreement and the peace with Jordan that followed it. Sandwiched in between, the 1980s were a decade of missed opportunities. Ushered in by the diplomatic radicalism of the Begin-Sharon school, the decade was marked by a continuing political paralysis that resulted from electoral deadlock and the rotating premiership of Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir.Read More






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