Date: February 20, 1999
Contact: Walter Wang
Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Itamar Rabinovich, best known for his work as Israel's chief negotiator with Syria from 1992 to 1995, will speak at Colby College at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28. The talk will be in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union, and it is open to the public free of charge.
From 1992 to 1995 Rabinovich attempted to negotiate peace between Syria and Israel, repeatedly conferring with Syrian leader Hafez Assad and Yitzhak Rabin, Rabinovich's friend and Israel's prime minister at the time. He served as Israel's ambassador to the U.S. from 1993 to 1996.
Rabinovich, a historian who is president-designate of Tel Aviv University, is the author of six books including War and Crisis in Lebanon (1982), The Road Not Taken, Early Arab-Israeli Negotiations (1991) and, most recently, The Brink of Peace (1998). He served in the Israeli military from 1963 to 1969 and has had visiting appointments at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and the University of Toronto.