Leon Charney is a prominent lawyer, author, broadcaster and former advisor to statesmen such as President Jimmy Carter, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and President Ezer Weizman.
Charney’s rise to international prominence is a classic “American Dream” story. Born to an immigrant family, Charney worked his way through Yeshiva University and Brooklyn Law School. With two hundred dollars in his pocket, Charney started his own law firm representing sports figures and show business personalities.
At age 35 Charney became Special Counsel to Senator Vance Hartke of Indiana. At the request of then Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, he was able to use his position to help free Soviet Jewish dissidents and enable the emigration of 1,000 Jews to Israel.
In response to requests from U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Defense Minister Ezer Weizman, Charney served as a backdoor channel to assist Israel and Egypt in putting together a workable document which ultimately led to the Camp David Peace Accords and thereafter the historic Camp David Peace Agreement.
In 1986, at the behest of a high Israeli government official, Charney secretly traveled to Tunisia to meet with Yasser Arafat to encourage an opening of dialogue between Palestinian authorities and the State of Israel. This was the first entree to a possible resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
For over fifteen years, Charney has moderated The Leon Charney Report, an award winning nationally televised program. He is the author of four books, “Special Council”, “Spy for Peace”, “The Charney Report: Confronting the Arab-Israeli Conflict”, and “The Mystery of the Kaddish” which is now in its second printing and was ranked #1 on both Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles.com in religious affairs.
He is the recipient of many awards, including four honorary doctorate degrees, one of which was conferred by Yeshiva University and another by the University of Haifa.