Served as Israel’s Consul General in New York from 2000 – 2004. Prior to that, Pinkas served as the Chief of Staff to two foreign ministers and was the adviser on US affairs to former Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001). He was also the policy adviser to two former foreign ministers, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak.
Pinkas participated in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations following Camp David and was a member of the UN-Israel negotiating team on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon and negotiations with Syria in 1999-2001. He was appointed by Prime Minister Barak to the US-Israel strategic Policy Planning Group.
Today he continues his work as a foreign affairs analyst and commentator in foreign and Israeli media outlets in TV, radio and newspapers, as well as International political consulting in several countries.
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, Washington DC.