Eli Rubinstein to Join Wilson Center as Public Policy Scholar

Dec 22, 2003

Washington, D.C.--- Lee H. Hamilton, President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center, announced today that Elyakim Rubinstein, the outgoing Attorney General of Israel, will be spending about seven weeks at the Woodrow Wilson Center as a Public Policy Scholar starting mid-January, 2004.

Hamilton said “There is simply not a key decision taken by the Israeli Government over more than three decades that did not have the benefit of Eli Rubinstein’s sound judgment and wise counsel. Eli was a crucial advisor to each successive Israeli Prime Minister for a quarter of the century. Throughout his career, Eli has been an important friend of the United States. We are delighted that he wants to spend some time at the Woodrow Wilson Center reflecting and writing about his fascinating career.”

Elyakim Rubinstein, born in Tel Aviv in 1947, is married and the father of four. He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and received a B.A. (1967), LL.B. (1969) and M.A. (1974, magna cum laude) from Hebrew University. With a distinguished public career, he has been influential in shaping the peace treaties both with Egypt and with Jordan.

In 1978, he was a member of the Israeli delegation to peace talks with Egypt, leading to the signing of the Camp David Accords and the Peace Treaty between the two states. From 1993-94, he was Chairman of the Israeli delegation for negotiations with Jordan, which formulated the 1994 peace treaty signed between the two states. In 1995, he was appointed
Judge in the Jerusalem District Court, and in 1997, he was appointed Attorney General.

In addition to his public career, Rubinstein has authored a number of books and articles on Israel’s Supreme Court, the history of government in Israel, the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the peace process, and Israeli public law.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and engaged in the study of national and world affairs.