(1948- ) A Jewish Israeli political figure. Beilin worked at the Israeli newspaper Davar from 1969-1977. He became the spokesperson of the Labor party
in 1977. Entering the Israeli parliament in 1988, he served for 11 years and has held multiple ministerial and deputy ministerial positions. Beilin was instrumental in the early stages of the Oslo Process and is one of the authors of the non-governmental, non-binding Israeli-Palestinian Geneva Initiative
. In 2003, he left the Labor party and joined the Meretz
party in 2004, serving as its head, and serving again in the Israeli Knesset
from 2006-2008. Though Beilin retired from politics in 2008, as of 2015 he is still involved with the Geneva Initiative. See "Dr. Yossi Beilin
," The Geneva Initiative, June 18, 2011; and "Meretz’ Beilin retiring from politics
," Ynet, Attila Somfavi, October 28, 2008.