10 years of savagery: How Israel navigated Syria’s demise and troubling rebirth

Moran Azoulay

Israel’s bitter enemy is no more, argue two Israeli authors, but Assad’s reconstructed regime, backed by Russia and Iran, poses new challenges


Times of Israel, 15 March 2021

The lasting images from the decade of 2011-2020 may well be those of gruesome, almost incomprehensible violence, beamed into Western homes as a macabre spectacle.

Reflections on Rabin — a great leader

Moran Azoulay


Former Israeli ambassador to the US and Rabin’s biographer Itamar Rabinovich speaks to Colin Shindler

The Jewish Chronicle, November 4, 2020

Keys for peace in the Middle East: interview with Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich

Moran Azoulay

This article records my interview with Professor Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich. We discussed the keys for successful peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians; the differences between Camp David 1978 and Camp David 2000; The Oslo Accords; the role of the United States as a mediator and the potential of other countries to become mediators; the viability of a two-state solution; peace with Syria; Taba; Annapolis; the Israeli evacuation of Gaza, and the rise of Hamas. The interview assesses the positive and negative lessons and implications of the peace process, and the likelihood of bringing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a close.

Israel-Palestine from Both Sides of the Mirror

Moran Azoulay

By Roger Cohen

The New York Times, June 16, 2017

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Israeli victory in the 1967 war and of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. The jubilation of military victory, quicker and more comprehensive than seemed possible, has long since subsided into a grinding status quo: the oppression of 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank, the confrontation with 1.8 million in encircled Hamas-run Gaza and the corrosion of Israeli democracy that accompanies this extended exercise in dominion. Often called unsustainable, the occupation has proved altogether sustainable .


Netanyahu lambasted for incitement in insider’s Rabin biography

Moran Azoulay

Former diplomat Itamar Rabinovich paints a dark ‘j’accuse’ against the Israeli right, leading up to and following the prime minister’s assassination

BY JP O’ MALLEY, Times of Israel, March 19, 2017

INTERVIEW / 'I can draw a direct line from those six months [after Rabin's murder] to present day developments in Israel '

LONDON — On November 4, 1995, 24-year-old law student Yigal Amir assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by firing three bullets into his back.

Kerry’s Path Steepens in Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Moran Azoulay

Kerry’s Path Steepens in Israeli-Palestinian Talks


The New York Times, November 6, 2013

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Secretary of State John Kerry’s uphill path to a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians seemed ever steeper on Wednesday, as the two sides clashed bitterly over Jewish settlements in the West Bank, while the exoneration of a right-wing Israeli politician threatened to inject a volatile element into the talks.

From Waging Peace to the Lingering Conflict: An Interview with Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich

Scusterman Family Foundation blog

December 20th, 2011 12:16 pm

by Lisa Eisen

When Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich published his book, “Waging Peace: Israel and the Arabs, 1948-2003,” in 2004, the title conveyed the optimism he felt about the prospect of achieving normalized Arab-Israeli relations. The book focused primarily on the 1990s, during which Rabinovich—who served as Israel’s chief negotiator with Syria from 1992 to 1995 and Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. from 1993 to 1996—had high hopes for the peace process.

Questions and Answers: A conversation with Itamar Rabinovich

Israeli Channel 2 Television, January 1, 2010

Questions and Answers: A conversation with Itamar Rabinovich By David B. Green, 09/12/2008   

Itamar Rabinovich has long been one of the calmer and more insightful analysts of Israel's relations with the Arab world. For four years during the 1990s, when Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres were prime ministers, Rabinovich was also a "player," as Israel's ambassador to the United States, and as the head of its negotiating team with Syria. Rabinovich, who is a scholar of modern Syria, has just published a highly readable collection of essays on that subject, "The View from Damascus: State, Political Community and Foreign Relations in Twentieth-Century Syria" (Vallentine-Mitchell; 371 pages).