Jo-Ann Mort

Jo-Ann Mort writes frequently about Israel and the Palestinians for The American Prospect and elsewhere, including as a regular contributor at TPM Cafe. She is the co-author of Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive in Today's Israel?

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The Secret Lives of Negotiators

Yossi Beilin is the leader of Yahad [successor party to Meretz], the Israeli Social Democratic Party, and was Israel's justice minister from 1999 to 2001. He helped negotiate the Oslo Peace Accords in the 1990s and was also a negotiator at Camp David in 2000 with President Bill Clinton. On October 12, 2003, Beilin and Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee member Yasser Abed Rabbo announced an informal model agreement, the Geneva Accord, which was signed by retired Israeli military officers, peace activists, and academics as well as by Palestinian Authority ministers, academics and PLO officials. Beilin's book The Path to Geneva: The Quest for a Permanent Agreement, 1996-2004 has just been published by RDV Books. What should Israel do now to change the situation in Gaza? It was a mistake to build settlements anywhere, and especially in Gaza. I think that more people understand that now. So the simple idea is that Israel has to leave Gaza. To move 7,000 people from Gaza...