Col. (Ret.) Shaul Arieli

Col. (Ret.) Shaul Arieli

Member of the Council for Peace and Security, formerly IDF Brigade Commander in the Gaza Strip and head of the Peace Administration under the Barak government

Shaul Arieli is considered to be an "encyclopedia" on the Israeli-Palestinian political process and one of Israel’s leading experts on the route of the future Israeli-Palestinian border and the route of the separation barrier. In the Israel Defense Forces, he served as the commander of the Northern Gaza Strip division. As part of his military service, he was also responsible for the preparation of the official negotiations with the Palestinians, first as head of the Interim Agreement Administration under the Rabin government and later as head of the Peace Administration in the Barak government. Since retiring from the IDF in 2001, Arieli has dedicated himself to advancing an Israeli-Palestinian permanent status agreement, and was among the leading negotiators in the process that resulted in the Geneva Initiative in December 2003.

Today, Arieli is a senior analyst with the Economic Cooperation Foundation and serves as a managing member of the Council for Peace and Security.