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Lessons from the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Talks

An Interview with Aharon Barak

Raphael Cohen-Almagor

This article is based on an interview conducted in July 2018 with Aharon Barak. In it, Barak reflects on the peace negotiations with Egypt at Camp David during 13 days in September 1978. While expressing great appreciation for the American negotiating team, first and foremost for President Jimmy Carter, for bringing the talks to a successful close, Barak considers negotiating with Carter as the toughest experience of his life. According to Barak, who had just completed his role as legal advisor to the government (1975–1978) and was appointed to the Supreme Court, the key people in the Israeli delegation were Menachem Begin, Moshe Dayan, and Ezer Weizman, while the key players in the Egyptian delegation were Anwar Sadat and Osama El-Baz. The negotiations went through ups and downs and had reached the brink of collapse until the Americans proposed that Carter negotiate directly with El-Baz and Barak. In the article’s conclusion, some important insights are deduced from this interview for future, successful negotiations.

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Udi Sommer

the state to move the barrier project forward with minor adjustments. Later, in September 2005 , Chief Justice Aharon Barak delivered a unanimous opinion for a nine-justice panel in Mara’abe , another case addressing the barrier issue. 2 However, in

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Hilla Dayan, Anat Stern, Roman Vater, Yoav Peled, Neta Oren, Tally Kritzman-Amir, Oded Haklai, Dov Waxman, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Alan Dowty, and Raffaella A. Del Sarto

, Israel also introduced the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, which created a constitutional right to human dignity, among other things. The former chief justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, Aharon Barak, as well as some of the chief justices who

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Sociology in the Garden

Beyond the Liberal Grammar of Contemporary Sociology

Nissim Mizrachi

with the shadowy jungle. For these reasons, the phrase ‘enlightened public’, identified predominantly with Justice Aharon Barak, former president of Israel’s High Court of Justice, became the target of incisive legal and public critiques ( Mautner 1994