At “Camp David, Oslo and the Future: Negotiating Middle East Peace” tonight, Former Vice President Walter Mondale and Dr. Yoram Peri, a former adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, spoke about the future of Middle East peace negotiations. On the occasion of Israel’s 63rd birthday, Mondale and Peri were invited to speak at Temple Israel, a Minneapolis synagogue, by J Street Minnesota, the local chapter of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement.
Mondale spoke about the lessons he learned first-hand as a key player in the first Camp David negotiations between Egypt and Israel and what they mean now for the prospects of achieving a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Among the topics Mondale and Dr. Peri addressed were the impact of the recent reconciliation agreement reached by rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas this week.
In addition to serving as a close personal adviser to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Peri was the founder and former head of Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society, a professor of Political Sociology and Communication at Tel Aviv University, and the former Editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily, Davar.