WATCH: Haaretz Interviews at the Israel Conference on Peace

Haaretz speaks to former U.S. ambassador Martin Indyk, journalist Peter Beinart, ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy, MK Aida Touma-Suleiman and New Israel Fund President Talia Sasson.

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From Left: Martin Indyk, Aida Touma-Suleiman, Peter Beinart, Efraim Halevy and Talia Sasson.
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On the sidelines of the Israel Conference on Peace, Haaretz sat down with key speakers to discuss the peace process, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, ISIS and other pressing matters.

Twenty years after Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, Martin Indyk, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel at the time, explains why the Oslo process never recovered from the prime minister's death. He also talks about why, despite the lack in progress toward peace, he remains hopeful that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be reached in our time. Watch the full interview here.

Israel's policies are the greatest gift for BDS, says journalist and author Peter Beinart, who adds that he supports the European Union's move to label goods produced in West Bank settlements. Despite the absence of a peace process, he adds, a one-state solution does not offer any future for Israelis or Palestinians. He also spoke about what he believes is the key reason young, Jewish Americans are poorly affiliated with the religion. Watch the interview here.

MK Aida Touma-Suleiman (Joint List), who founded the Arab feminist group Women Against Violence, explains to Haaretz why she’s not willing to condemn recent violence by Palestinians. She also explains why women can make a special contribution to the peace process describes what she sees as the merits of BDS, which, she insists, is not anti-Semitism. Watch the interview here.

Israel needs to be talking with Hamas, said Efraim Halevy, a former director of the Mossad. Halevy, who played an active role in achieving Israel’s peace treaty with Jordan, explains why Israel needs to recognize democratically-elected Palestinian governments even if they include Hamas. He also talks about what went wrong in Iraq after the United States invasion in 2003 that led to the rise of the Islamic State. Watch the interview here.

We are the Israeli government’s real opposition, New Israel Fund President Talia Sasson said. The head of the liberal NGO explains why the right wing is so eager to paint her group as anti-Israel, and argues that is the democratic right of Israeli NGOs to receive foreign funding. Watch the interview here.



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