Itamar Rabinovich

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Itamar Rabinovich
Ambassador of Israel to the United States
In office
Preceded byZalman Shoval
Succeeded byEliahu Ben-Elissar
Personal details
Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine
Alma materTel Aviv University

Itamar Rabinovich (Hebrew: איתמר רבינוביץ‎; born 1942) is the president of the Israel Institute (Washington and Jerusalem). He was Israel's Ambassador to the United States in the 1990s and former chief negotiator with Syria between 1993 and 1996, and the former president of Tel Aviv University (1999–2007). Currently he is professor emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University, distinguished global professor at New York University and a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Prof. Rabinovich has been a member of Tel Aviv University's faculty since 1971 and served as Ettinger Professor of the Contemporary History of the Middle East, chairman of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and Dean of Humanities and Rector.

Rabinovich received a B.A. degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.A. from Tel Aviv University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received Commandeur de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques from France.



  • Syria under the Baʻth, 1963–66. Israel Universities Press. 1972. ISBN 0-70-651266-9.
  • With Haim Shaked (1978). From June to October: The Middle East between 1967 and 1973. Transaction Books. ISBN 0-87-855230-8.
  • With Haim Shaked (1980). The Middle East and the United States: Perceptions and Policies. Transaction Books. ISBN 0-87-855752-0.
  • The War for Lebanon, 1970–1985. Cornell University Press. 1985. ISBN 0-80-149313-7.
  • The Road Not Taken: Early Arab–Israeli Negotiations. Oxford University Press. 1991. ISBN 978-0-19-506066-9.
  • The Brink of Peace: The Israeli–Syrian Negotiations. Princeton University Press. 1999. ISBN 0-69-101023-4.
  • Waging Peace: Israel and the Arabs, 1948–2003. Princeton University Press. 2004. ISBN 0-69-111982-1.
  • With Jehuda Reinharz (2008). Israel in the Middle East: Documents and Readings on Society, Politics, and Foreign Relations, Pre-1948 to the Present. Brandeis University Press. ISBN 0-87-451962-4.
  • The View from Damascus: State, Political Community and Foreign Relations in Twentieth-Century Syria. Vallentine Mitchell. 2008. ISBN 0-85-303800-7.
  • The Lingering Conflict: Israel, The Arabs, and the Middle East, 1948–2012 (revised ed.). Brookings Institution Press. 2013. ISBN 978-0-81-572437-7.
  • Rabinovitch, Itamar (2017). Yitzhak Rabin : soldier, leader, statesman. Yale University Press.

Critical studies and reviews of Rabinovitch's work[edit]

Yitzhak Rabin : soldier, leader, statesman
  • Shindler, Colin (September 2017). "Israel's independent introvert". Reviews. History Today. 67 (9): 104–105.

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