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Martin Indyk Says He "Made Aliyah To Washington" To Save Israel

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Martin Indyk, the new U.S. peace process envoy, speaking at the Aspen Institute in March 2009. (Photo: The Aspen Institute/Flickr)

Martin Indyk's selection by Secretary of State John Kerry as the Special Envoy for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority summoned memories of an appearance I witnessed at J Street's first annual convention in Washington DC in 2009. I remembered stumbling into a huge auditorium to hear Indyk describe how he made "aliyah to Washington" during the 1980's to ensure that US policy remained slanted in Israel's favor, and go on to blame Yasser Arafat for the failure of Camp David.

I searched out the video of Indyk's J Street appearance and confirmed my memories. In a candid address, speaking without notes, Indyk told his audience how as a young man studying in Jerusalem, he wound up volunteering to assist Israel during the 1973 war. He witnessed Israel pushed to the brink by a coordinated Egyptian-Syrian attack designed to recover the Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights occupied by Israel in the 1967 war. Nixon and Kissinger's generous emergency shipment of arms, which enabled Israel to push back the Arab armies, clarified for Indyk the role America should play in the Middle East. It was then that he decided on a career as an inside-the-Beltway operator. 

"And that is why I chose to make aliyah to Washington," Indyk half-jokingly declared.

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Here are excerpts of Indyk's remarks. He began by stating that the only way to guarantee "Israel's security and well-being" was to work for peace:

"I came to that conclusion 35 years ago when I was a student in Jerusalem and the Yom Kippur war broke out, I worked as a volunteer there in those terrible days when Israel's survival seemed to hang in the balance and I witnessed the misery of war and the critical role that the United States in the form of Henry Kissinger played through activist diplomacy in forging a peace out of that horrendous war.

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