Ambassador Martin Indyk

Director of Executive Education at the Council on Foreign Relations and Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel

Israel's Future and Netanyahu's Fate

About the Topic


Benjamin Netanyahu will pass a political landmark to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister, if he stays in office beyond May 31st, 2019. Since he agreed to early elections on April 9th, he has been indicted for fraud, bribery, and breach of trust. Netanyahu's confidence stems in part from two successes: President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his rejection of the Iran nuclear deal. Netanyahu has long campaigned for both outcomes. Yet President Trump has talked about "the deal of the century" in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What is in the administration’s peace plan? Has Iran replaced the Palestinian question as the region's primary concern?

About the Speaker

Martin S. Indyk is a distinguished fellow and director of executive education at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was the executive vice president and the John C. Whitehead Distinguished Fellow in International Diplomacy at the Brookings Institution. Indyk served as the U.S. special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from July 2013 to June 2014. Indyk served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2001. He also served as special assistant to President Bill Clinton and as senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council (1993–95) and as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs (1997–2000).

He is currently completing a book tentatively titled "Henry Kissinger and the Art of the Middle East Deal" to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2019.