Following Israel’s elections on April 9, many questions remain about the future direction of the country and region. As Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as prime minister, how will domestic Israeli politics change or stay the same? Accordingly, what will be the long-term effects on the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians and for broader Israeli-Arab relations? Finally, how might Trump’s proposal for a “deal of the century” impact an Israeli-Palestinian agreement?
Gilead Sher, the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin, examined the aftermath of Israel’s elections as well as what might transpire as the new government takes shape.
This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerMiddleEast.
6:00 p.m. — Reception
6:30 p.m. — Presentation
Gilead Sher is the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at the Baker Institute. He is also a senior researcher at the Tel Aviv Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), where he heads the Center for Applied Negotiations. He was chief of staff and policy coordinator to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Israel’s chief and co-chief negotiator at the Camp David Summit and the Taba Summit, respectively. He was appointed by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin as a delegate to the 1994-1995 Interim Agreement negotiations with the Palestinians. Sher is a reserve colonel in the Israel Defense Forces and served in reserve service as an armored corps brigade commander and a deputy division commander. He is the author of “The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999–2001: Within Reach” (Routledge, 2006) and “The Battle for Home” (Yedioth Aharonot, 2016), and co-editor with Anat Kurz of “Negotiating in Times of Conflict” (ContentoNow, 2016) and of the forthcoming book “Spoilers and Coping with Spoilers: Israeli-Arab Negotiations” with Galia Golan. Sher is a senior partner at Gilead Sher & Co. Law Offices. He serves on a number of corporate executive boards and public councils.