Ambassador Alon Pinkas served as Israel’s Consul General in New York from 2000–2004. Prior to that, he served as the Chief of Staff to two foreign ministers and was an adviser on US affairs to former Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001). He also served as a foreign policy adviser to two foreign ministers, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak. Ambassador Pinkas participated in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations following Camp David and was a member of the UN-Israel negotiating team on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000 and the negotiations process with Syria in 1999-2001. He was appointed by Prime Minister Barak to the US-Israel Strategic Policy Planning Group, formed in 1999 by Barak and President Bill Clinton. Presently, Ambassador Pinkas serves as a foreign affairs analyst and commentator for various media outlets and as a columnist for the Israeli Haaretz and haaretz.com. He holds a BA Cum Laude from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Political Science and an MA Cum Laude in US Government and International Relations from Georgetown University.