Dr Yossi Beilin
Dr. Yossi Beilin began his lengthy career of public service in 1984 with his appointment as Cabinet Secretary. A member of Knesset for more than thirteen years, Dr. Beilin held various ministerial positions including: Deputy Foreign Minister, Deputy Finance Minister, Minister of Economy and Planning, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Minister for Religious Affairs, and Minister of Justice.
Yossi Beilin is a leading proponent of the peace process and serves as the Chairman of the “Geneva Initiative”. He participated in the back-channel negotiations that eventually led to the adoption of the Oslo Accords.
Before entering politics, Beilin worked as a journalist, and taught political science at Tel Aviv University where he earned his doctorate. He is the author of several books and he was an innovator of the “Birthright” program, which has brought over the years tens of thousands of Jews to Israel.
Dr. Beilin is the Founder and President of Beilink -Business Foreign Affairs, a Global consulting firm established in 2008.
A description of the process which led to the secret talks in Norway; why were Prime Minister Rabin and Foreign Minister Peres informed by Deputy Minister Beilin about the Oslo channel only after the first two rounds?
Why didn’t “Oslo” bear the fruit of a permanent peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians?
What would have been done differently, had it been possible to get back to the beginning of the process
What was the motivation behind the idea to offer free tickets to young Jews to visit Israel? Why did that idea tackle a harsh opposition amidst the Jewish Federations in the US, by the Jewish Agency, and in the Israeli Knesset? How were the Jewish billionaires convinced to support the idea?
How did Birthright-Israel become the biggest and the most successful Jewish project in the 21st century? What are the achievements of the project and what is the criticism against it?
Peace with the Palestinians
Creating a confederation as an enabler to the Two State Solution. That structure should allow Israeli settlers in the West Bank, who will find themselves to the east of the future Israeli-Palestinian, to remain in their homes as Israeli citizens and Palestinian residents. The same number of Palestinian citizens will be permeated to live in Israel as residents.
Recruitment of Yeshiva Students
Rather than trying to enact laws which will perpetuate the status qua, in which the Yeshiva students don’t serve in the army, and don’t participate in the labor market, there is a simple way to change the “Security Service Law”, and change the situation. The idea is to use the article, in that law, which allows women not to serve in the army because of “religious way of life or because of conscience reasons”, and to apply is to men. There will be full and equal conscription (which will include the ultra-orthodox Jews and the Israeli Arabs), and the exempt youngsters will be allowed to join the labor market.
Israel is the only democracy in the world, in which the only effective matrimonial laws are religious. Since changing this situation is unrealistic politically (because of the religious parties), the proposal is to construct a system which will bypass the religious processes (an institutionalized trip abroad to marry in civil marriages and so on).