More than two decades have passed since the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, yet he remains an unusually intriguing and admired modern leader. At this event hosted by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East, one of his closest aides, Itamar Rabinovich, discussed the Israeli prime minister's life as recounted in his newly released book "Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman." Rabinovich provided new insights into Rabin’s relationships with world leaders, his peace policy toward Syria and the Palestinians, and the repercussions of his death for Israeli politics. Using the ongoing Syrian crisis as a prism, he also discussed major issues present in the Middle East today.
A book signing and reception followed the discussion. Copies of the book were available for purchase courtesy of the Rice University Campus Store.
This event was generously supported by the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Endowment for Middle East Peace in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin.
The Honorable James A. Baker, III
Honorary Chair, Baker Institute
His Excellency Itamar Rabinovich
Author and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.
In a Conversation With
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute
H.E. Itamar Rabinovich is the president of The Israel Institute, professor emeritus of Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University and a distinguished global professor at NYU. He is also the Charles Bronfman Distinguished Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He previously served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States and chief negotiator with Syria, as well as president of Tel Aviv University. Rabinovich has been a member of the faculty of Tel Aviv University since 1971 and has held the positions of chairman of the department of Middle Eastern studies, director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, dean of humanities and rector. Rabinovich is currently chairman of the board of the Dan David Foundation, vice chairman of the board of the Institute of National Security Studies, chairman of the advisory board of the Wexner-Israel Program, a member of the Trilateral Commission and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Brookings Institution. Rabinovich has held visiting appointments at several academic institutions, including Princeton University, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been awarded the Honorary Grand Golden Cross of the Austrian Republic and was made a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government. In 2009, he was awarded the Korn-Gerstenman Prize for his contributions to peace in the Middle East. He holds a B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.A. from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.