Ron Pundak

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Ron Pundak (Hebrew: רון פונדק‎‎; 14 May 1955 – 11 April 2014) was an Israeli historian and journalist. He played an important role in starting the Oslo peace process in 1993, and was part of the core group behind the Geneva Initiative. Pundak was the executive director of the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and co-chairman of its Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum. He was on the board of directors of the Aix Group.


Ron Pundak was born in Tel Aviv. He was the son of Herbert Pundik, a Danish-Israeli journalist and author. In 1991 Pundak graduated from the University of London with a PhD in Middle Eastern Political History. After his return to Israel, he worked as a journalist at the Israeli daily newspaper Ha'aretz for one year.[1] Together with fellow academic Yair Hirschfeld, he founded an NGO called the Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF), through which they established relationships with Palestinian leaders, which eventually led to the Oslo peace process. In 2001 Pundak became director general of the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv-Jaffa,[2] a position he held until 2011.[3]

Pundak died on 11 April 2014 after a long battle with cancer.[4] He was 58.


  1. ^ "Interview with Dr. Ron Pundak". Justvision. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ron Pundak - The Ambassadors". Beyond Sport. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Jonathan Lis (9 December 2011). "Peres Center told: Choose between Gaza health project and tax break". Haaretz. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Ron Pundak, architect of Oslo Accords, dies at 59

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