Ehud Yaari, the Commentator for Arab Affairs at Channel 2 TV and author of eight books on the Arab-Israeli conflict, spoke at the JPC on the current Israeli-Palestinian situation.
Mr. Yaari reviewed the events and trends in the Middle East and commented on the close ties with Sunni powers in the region and the rapprochement with Turkey.
As per the prospects of a progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Mr. Yaari gave a pessimistic assessment, saying that in his opinion (which he holds for many years), the Palestinians will never settle for what has been offered to them, even in the most generous offers.

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About the speaker:
Ehud Yaari is an Israel-based Lafer international fellow of The Washington Institute and author of Toward Israeli-Palestinian Disengagement and Peace by Piece: A Decade of Egyptian Policy and Sinai: The New Front?

A Middle East commentator for Israel’s Channel Two television and former associate editor of Jerusalem Report, Mr. Yaari has been a Middle East commentator for Israeli television since 1975. Among his numerous awards for journalism are the Israeli Press Editors-in-Chief prize for coverage of the peace process with Egypt, the Sokolov Prize for coverage of the Lebanon War, and the Israel Broadcasting Award for coverage of the Gulf War.

Mr. Yaari’s articles have appeared in respected newspapers and journals such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Atlantic Monthly.

He is also the author of eight books on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including Fatah (Sabra Books, 1971), Egypt’s Policy Towards Israel in the Fifties (1974), A Guide to Egypt (1982), The Year of the Dove, co-authored with Ze’ev Schiff and Eitan Haber (Bantam, 1979), Israel’s Lebanon War, co-authored with Ze’ev Schiff (Simon and Schuster, 1984), and Intifada, co-authored with Ze’ev Schiff (Simon and Schuster, 1990).