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Elyakim Rubinstein

(1947 - )

Elyakim Rubinstein is a judge on the Israeli Supreme Court and formerly the Attorney General of Israel.

Rubinstein (born June 13, 1947) was born in Tel Aviv at the end of the British Mandate over Palestine. He served in the Israel Defense Forces and received a B.A. (1967), LL.B. (1969) and M.A. (1974, magna cum laude) from Hebrew University.

Rubinstein launched a career in law, serving as a legal advisor to the ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs from 1973 to 1977. His diplomatic career started in 1977, when he became a member of Israel's delegation to the peace talks with Egypt that led to the signing of the Camp David Accords and the Peace Treaty between the two states. In 1980, he bacem an Assistant Director-General of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in charge of implementing the normalization of relations with Egypt.

In 1982, Rubinstein received the personal rank of ambassador and from 1985 to 1986 served as Deputy Chief of Mission to the Embassy of Israel in the United States.

In 1991, he was a member of the negotiating team which established the framework for the peace negotiations that began at the Madrid Conference and was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. Following the conclusion of these talks, he was appointed as Chairman of Israeli delegation for negotiations with the Jordanian-Palestinian delegation which formulated the 1994 peace treaty signed between the two states.

From 1995 to 1997, Rubinstein served as a judge in the Jerusalem District Court and was then appointed Attorney General of Israel in 1997. He held that position until Janaury 2004. In May 2004, he was appointed as a justice on the Israeli Supreme Court.

Rubinstein is married and has four daughters.

Sources: Israeli Foreign Ministry; Wikipedia