Israel: Putting an End to the Violence in the Middle East

Thursday, April 5, 2001

The fighting between Israelis and Palestinians continues. How is newly elected Prime Minister Ariel Sharon handling the bloodshed? What sort of responsibility does the United States hold?

Charles Hill is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is an expert in the area of Israel and the history of the peace process.

Hill's other professional activities include serving as the Assistant Secretary-General and Special Consultant in Policy to the Secretary General of the United Nations and also as Career Minister, Foreign Service of the United States.

Previously, Hill was Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Middle East (1982), Chief of Staff for the Department of State (1983-1985) and Executive aide to Secretary of State George Shultz (1985-1989).

Charles Hill collaborated with Boutros Boutros-Ghali to write Egypt's Road to Jerusalem, a memoir of how the Middle East peace process began.

Abraham Sofaer is the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is an expert on international conflict and international law.

Abraham D. Sofaer served as legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State from 1985 to 1990. He has also concentrated on issues related to international law, terrorism, diplomacy, national security and water resources.

Sofaer was appointed U.S. district judge in the Southern District of New York, where he served from 1979 to 1985. He was the district judge who presided over the trial of Ariel Sharon's libel suit against Time Magazine concerning the Sabra & Shatilla massacres.

Sofaer was the principal negotiator of the Taba accord between Egypt and Israel.

Sofaer is able to discuss the relations between Israelis and Palestinians, the role of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and the future of U.S. involvement in the Middle East.