Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks in Perspective
Dr Menachem Klein, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
This is a Middle East Programme roundtable meeting.
Dr Klein will reflect upon the lessons which can be drawn from earlier negotiations for the Annapolis process. He will consider which strategies and structures Israel and the Palestinian Authority will need in order to conclude an agreement. Dr Klein will draw upon his recent book, A Possible Peace between Israel and Palestine: an Insider's Account of the Geneva Initiative (Columbia University Press).
Dr Menachem Klein is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Dr Klein studied Middle East and Islamic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in 1992-3 and 2001-2 was a fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. In 2006 he was a visiting professor in MIT. Dr Klein is a Board Member of B'tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. In 2000, Dr Klein was an adviser for Jerusalem Affairs and Israel-PLO Final Status Talks to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. S. Ben-Ami, and a member of the advisory team operating in the office of Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Since 1996, Dr Klein has been active in many unofficial negotiations with Palestinian counterparts. In October 2003, Dr Klein signed, together with prominent Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, the Geneva Agreement - a detailed proposal for a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.