Dr. Yossi Beilin

Dr. Yossi Beilin

Geneva Initiative co-architect, former Minister of Justice, former Chairman of the Meretz party

Dr. Beilin is a former member of Knesset, former Chairman of the Meretz-Yachad party, and former Minister of Justice, Minister of Economy and Planning, Deputy Foreign Minister, and Deputy Finance Minister. Beilin initiated the Oslo process in the spring of 1992 and, in 1995, reached historic understandings with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on a final status agreement, which served as a basis for the Clinton parameters. He was also a negotiator at the Taba talks with the Palestinians in January 2001. In December 2003, Beilin co-launched the Geneva Initiative with Yasser Abed Rabbo, presenting a full model agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Dr. Beilin conceived and initiated the Birthright program (Taglit) and headed the public movement to withdraw from Lebanon. Other recent initiatives include successfully sponsoring legislation to guarantee equal representation for the Israeli Arab minority in the public administration, Government-owned companies, and public authorities. Additionally, Yossi Beilin worked as a journalist and taught political science at Tel Aviv University, where he received his doctorate Political Science. He is the author of several books, including Israel: A Concise Political History, Touching Peace, The Manual for Leaving Lebanon, His Brother’s Keeper, and Manual for a Wounded Dove.