The 1993 Oslo Agreement signing ceremony in the White House. From left to right: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Joel Singer, U.S. President Bill Clinton, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.


Joel Singer served as Legal Adviser of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, previously, Director of the International Law Department of the Israel Defense Forces. Beginning shortly after the 1973 Yom Kippur War and for a span of almost 25 years, working for both right-wing Likud governments and left-wing Labor governments, Singer was a member of Israeli delegations negotiating peace treaties and other agreements with all of Israel’s Arab neighbors, including Egypt (the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace treaty), Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinians (the Oslo Accords). Singer’s role in negotiating the Oslo Accords was featured prominently in the HBO documentary movie The Oslo Diaries, the Tony Award-winning Broadway play Oslo, and the HBO movie with the same name that was based on the play.

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What they say
about Joel Singer


A “maven of Israeli- Arab relationships”
– The New Yorker

“The Arafat Expert”
– The New York Magazine

The “Israeli brain and brawn”
– The Financial Times

“Rabin’s Man in Oslo”
– Haaretz

“The Peacemaker”
– The Washington Times

Joel Singer in the Media

The Oslo Legacy: Thirty years On    September 19, 2023 – Israel Policy Forum (video)

Ahmed Qurei, 1937-2023 (Eulogy for Abu Ala)    March 3, 2023 – Washington Examiner

A Palestinian Outlet to the World, A Path toward Peace? Considerations and options for a Gaza Seaport    June 1, 2022 – The Cairo Review of Global Affairs (co-authored with Dr. Asaf Ashar)

West Bank Areas A, B and C – How Did They Come into Being?    For a PDF version, click here.    June 1, 2021 – International Negotiation Journal

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