A former member of Knesset and former chairman of the Meretz-Yachad party, Yossi Beilin served as a minister under three different Israeli prime ministers – Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak.

He played a leading role from the Israeli side in the secret channel that led to the Oslo Accords in 1992.

Beilin’s subsequent negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas in 1995 laid the foundation for the Clinton parameters. In addition, he was a negotiator in the Taba talks in 2001, and co-launched the Geneva Initiative in 2003 along with Yasser Abed Rabbo of the Palestinian side.

Joining Empire in this extended interview  from Jerusalem, Beilin discusses the impact of the Oslo negotiations, the role of the US in the peace process, its "special relationship" with Israel and the power of influence, and settlements.

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Source: Al Jazeera