Is there still a chance for peace between Israel and Palestine?
With Elie Barnavi
Introduction by Gaïdz Minassian
Thursday 17 May 2018, at 7 pm

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Following the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States, is the Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking process permanently frozen? Whilst the Near East is unable to escape its rationale of war, does evoking peace between the Israeli and Palestinians make sense? Elie Barnavi, a historian, diplomat, and politically engaged intellectual known for his open-mindedness will reflect upon this difficult issue.


Born in 1946 in Romania, Elie Barnavi emigrated to Israël in 1961 with his parents. As a teenager with a soft spot for the political left, he worked in a kibbutz; and six years after settling in the country, he began his military service in 1967 and took part in the Six-Day War as a parachutist. After studying history, Elie Barnavi became a professor at Tel Aviv University and went on to have a brilliant career in the academic world. Deeply rooted in a leftist, realistic and pragmatic viewpoint, he expanded his activities and became an essayist, columnist, and even diplomat for his country. From 2000 to 2002, Elie Barnavi was the Ambassador of Israel to France. In November 2014, in a letter co-signed by 660 Israeli public figures, he urged members of the European parliament to immediately recognise the State of Palestine. He is also a prolific diplomat. He has received several university awards, including the Grand prix de la Francophonie de l’Académie française which he won in 2007 for his body of work. He became a Professor Emeritus of modern Western history at Tel Aviv University, as well as a scientific advisor for the House of European History in Brussels. He has authored 23 publications, including Dix thèses sur la guerre, which was published by Flammarion, coll. “Café Voltaire” in 2014. 

Gaidz Minassian is journalist at Le Monde and teacher at Science Po, Paris.

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