RABINOVICH, ITAMAR (1942–), president of Tel Aviv University. Born in Jerusalem, Rabinovich received his B.A. degree from the Hebrew University in 1960; in 1966 he completed his M.A. degree at Tel Aviv University; and in 1971 he received his Ph.D. from the University of California. In 1971 he joined Tel Aviv University. He was the director of the Shiloh Center, dean of the Faculty of Humanities, and rector of the university. He also served as senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and as incumbent of the Yona and Dina Ettinger Chair in Contemporary History of the Middle East at Tel Aviv University as well as Andrew White Professor at Large at Cornell University. Between 1993 and 1996 Rabinovich was the chief negotiator with Syria and ambassador in Washington. He served as a board member of the International Crisis Group and was a member of the Trilateral Commission and a lecturer at the World Economic Forum. He was elected president of Tel Aviv University in 2003.
Rabinovich published a number of articles and books, including Syria Under the Ba'th (1972); The War for Lebanon (1984); The Road Not Taken: Early Arab-Israeli Negotiations (1991); The Brink of Peace: Israel and Syria (1998); Waging Peace: Israel and the Arabs at the End of the Century (1999); and Waging Peace: Israel and Arabs, 1948–2003 (2004).
[Shaked Gilboa (2nd ed.)]