Stories From The Backchannel: When Middle East peace almost happened

December 04, 2018

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Indyk named Special Envoy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces that Ambassador Martin Indyk will serve as the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 29, 2013.


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In this episode of Stories From The Backchannel, Martin Indyk talks with host Ilan Goldenberg, Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for A New American Security, about Indyk's journey from Australia to becoming the US Ambassador to Israel and his quest to bring peace between Israel and its neighbors. 

Indyk recounts triumphs such as bringing PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat and Rabin to the White House for a historic summit. He also recalls heartbreaking setbacks such as what it was like to be in the hospital with Rabin's family on the night the prime minister was assassinated. During the Obama administration, Goldenberg and Indyk would wind up working together under Secretary of State John Kerry as the United States made another attempt to broker peace.

Through the lens of Indyk's decades-long career trying to bring peace, listeners will be able to gain a broad sense of the challenges facing all sides and what the prospects are for the future.