Indyk's third chance

'One of the most knowledgeable people in the world about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict' returns to the fray.

August 20, 2013 17:43
US Ambassador Martin Indyk meets with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, May 2000

US Ambassador Martin Indyk meets with Arafat 521. (photo credit: Reuters)


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In late July, at a Washington news conference announcing his appointment as special US envoy for the renewed Israeli- Palestinian peace negotiations, Martin Indyk recalled his time in Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The surprise Egyptian- Syrian attack caught the future ambassador-cum- peacemaker in Jerusalem preparing for post-graduate courses at the Hebrew University; the 22-year-old Australian foreign student would spend the rest of the war as a volunteer on Kibbutz Alumim across the border from Gaza.

It was, he says, a pivotal moment in his life.


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