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Indyk in farewell address: Oslo dream turning into nightmare
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: MICHAL YUDELMAN and news agencies
Date: Sep 25, 1997
Start Page: 02
Section: News
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[Martin Indyk], 45, was born in London and brought up in Australia, but settled in the US when he was 30. He spent more than a year in Israel , which included the Yom Kippur War. At that time he developed a passion for Middle East peace-making. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy which he founded was considered the first pro-Israel think tank. He was the first Jew appointed US ambassador here and is now to become assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs. Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who heads the generals' forum, called Indyk "the best American ambassador we've ever had."

for Indyk's humanity and caring. Former Norwegian diplomat Terje Larsen, a handmaid of the Oslo agreement, praised Indyk's "passion for peace."

Later in the day Indyk met Shas's spiritual mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who was worried that Indyk's successor, who had served as US ambassador in Egypt, might not be good for Israel. Israel Radio reported that Yosef said Ambassador Walker must have found it necessary to flatter the Egyptians and may have gotten used to their flattery.

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