The Common Good and J-Street co-hosted the next installment of our summer Middle East Briefing Series. A Conversation with Ambassador Alon Pinkas. Ambassador Pinkas spoke about the a two-state solution option in light of the upcoming UN vote on Palestinian statehood and addressed: What should leaders do in advance of a likely September vote at the UN on Palestinian statehood? How do the dynamics of the Arab Spring affect Israel’s prospects for peace and security? Does the planned reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas make a peace deal with Israel more or less feasible?
Ambassador Alon Pinkas: From 2000 to 2004, Ambassador Alon Pinkas was Consul General of Israel supplying services to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition, he served as Chief of Staff to both Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami in 2000 and Foreign Minister David Levy from 1999 to 2000. Ambassador Pinkas was also the Foreign Policy Advisor to Ehud Barak in 1996 to 1999, when Barak was Chairman of the Labor party and the Opposition, and in 1995 to 1996 when Barak was a member of the delegation to the Middle East Economic Conference in Paris, France. He was Foreign Policy Advisor to then Labor Party Chairman Shimon Peres from 1991 to 1992. In addition to his government service, Mr. Pinkas is an experienced journalist. He was the Chief Military and Defense correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for Ma’ariv, a Hebrew language daily newspaper. He is a frequent commentator on US affairs in Israeli media and is a FOX News contributor on the Middle East and International Affairs.