On Oct. 7, Hamas trampled on every sensitive nerve in the Israeli psyche. Hatred, fear and anxiety are now at their most extreme. But in the end there are two peoples coveting the same land, and two sides to the story you have to try to see.
Itamar Rabinovich is a distinguished nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy program focusing on Middle Eastern policy and politics as well as a member of the Brookings Institution’s International Advisory Council.
He is professor and president emeritus at Tel Aviv University and vice chair of its Institute for National Security Studies.
He previously served as Yitzhak Rabin’s ambassador to Washington and chief negotiator with Syria.
Rabinovich is the author of “Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” and “Syrian Requiem: The Civil War and Its Aftermath” (with Carmit Valensi). His book, “Middle Eastern Maze,” will be published by Brookings in early 2023.
Areas of Expertise
- Syria-Israel relations
- U.S.-Israel relations
- Foreign policy
- International Advisory Board Member, The Brookings Institution
- Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History, Tel Aviv University
- Distinguished Global Professor, NYU
- Chairman of the Board, the Dan David Foundation
- Vice Chairman of the Board, Institute of National Security Studies
- Chairman of the Advisory Board, Wexner-Israel Program
- Member, Trilateral Commission
- Member, International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide.
- Israel’s Ambassador to the United States
- Israel’s Chief Negotiator with Syria
- President, Tel Aviv University
- Chairman of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University
- Director, Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University
- Dean of Humanities, Tel Aviv University
- Rector, Tel Aviv University
- B.A., Hebrew University of JerusalemM.A., Tel Aviv University Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Mentions and Appearances
The main threat right now is the prospect of Iran and their proxy in Lebanon joining in [the Israel-Gaza conflict]. [President Biden and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin] were very clear in warning Iran and Hezbollah, and this was a major contribution by the Biden administration to consolidating the status quo.