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Are Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks on the Brink of Collapse? Can Iran Talks Succeed?

On the brink of potential collapse of Israel/Palestinian negotiations with deadline looming, Major Gen (ret.), former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin talks to journalist Ethan Bronner and gives a first hand analysis on the events taking place in the region today.

Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, former military intelligence chief, was one of eight Israeli fighter jet pilots to strike Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981. Before that, he took part in intense air battles against enemy forces in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. He was one of the first Israelis to pilot an F-16 warplane in the early 1980s, before becoming the commander of a number of Israel Air Force (IAF) squadrons.

Throughout the 1990s, Yadlin commanded a number of air bases. In 2004, he was appointed IDF attaché to Washington. Two years later, he became the first member of the IAF to be appointed as head of military intelligence, a post he served until 2010. Today, Yadlin is director of the prestigious Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University.


This program is in partnership with the Israel Policy Forum.


Major General (ret.) Amos Yadlin has been the Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) since November 2011. INSS is the leading strategic Think Tank in Israel.

General Yadlin served for over 40 years in the Israel Defense Forces, nine of which as a member of the IDF General Staff.  From 2006-2010, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin served as the IDF’s chief of Defense Intelligence. From 2004-2006, he served as the IDF attaché to the United States. In February 2002, he earned the rank of major general and was named commander of the IDF Military Colleges and the National Defense College.
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin, a former deputy commander of the Israel Air Force, has commanded two fighter squadrons and two airbases. He has also served as Head of IAF Planning Department (1990-1993). He accumulated about 5,000 flight hours and flew more than 250 combat missions behind enemy lines. He participated in the Yom Kippur War (1973), Operation Peace for Galilee (1982) and Operation Tamuz—the destruction of the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq (1981).

Yadlin holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (1985). He also holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1994).

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin has published articles in Israeli and leading international journals, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy and the Wall Street Journal. His recent INSS publications include, among others, Regime Stability in the Middle East: An Analytical Model to Assess the Possibility of Regime Change (2013), The Geneva Agreement: Neither a “Historic Agreement” nor a “Historic Failure” (2013) and If Attacked, How Would Iran Respond? (2013).


Ethan Bronner, deputy national editor, was most recently national legal affairs correspondent for The Times. Before, he was Jerusalem bureau chief, following four years as the newspaper’s deputy foreign editor. Mr. Bronner has also served as assistant editorial page editor of The Times, education editor and national education correspondent. Right after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he worked in the paper’s investigative unit focusing on Al Qaeda.

A graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Mr. Bronner began his journalism career at Reuters in 1980, reporting from London, Madrid, Brussels and Jerusalem. He worked at The Boston Globe for a dozen years, four of them as its legal and Supreme Court correspondent.

He is the author of Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America, which was named one of the best 25 books of 1989 by The New York Public Library and awarded a Silver Gavel by the American Bar Association. Mr. Bronner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former trustee of Wesleyan University.

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