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