Amnon Lipkin Shahak


Amnon Lipkin Shahak

Former IDF Chief of Staff, former Transportation Minister

 

Amnon Lipkin-Shahak is the former Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces. Among his earlier positions in the military, he held the posts of Commander of the Central Command and Chief of Military Intelligence. In 1991, he was assigned by the late Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin to head the Israeli military team to the negotiations with the Palestinians for the Gaza-Jericho Agreement. In 1995, Rabin sent Lipkin-Shahak to Washington for a summit meeting with his Syrian counterpart in order to advance the peace process between Israel and Syria. After retiring from the Israel Defense Forces in 1998, he formed the Central Party, which other senior political personalities joined later on. Between 1999 and 2001 he served as Minister of Tourism and Minister of Transport and served as member of the security cabinet. Lipkin-Shahak was a senior member of the peace team led by Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and participated in the Camp David round of negotiations, Sharm al-Sheik and Taba. Following the 2001 elections, he retired from political life and turned to business. Currently, Mr. Lipkin-Shahak serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tahal Group. He is also Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace Executive Committee and a member of the Geneva Initiative Public Council.

Mr Lipkin-Shahak is a graduate of the Israeli National Security College and holds a B.A. degree in History from the Tel Aviv University.