Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute on a resolution track would be an important element of overcoming the confidence problem in the region. As the prime minister of a nation that has lived in friendship with its Jewish citizens for centuries and continues to maintain close friendship with both Israelis and Palestinians, I should like to declare this explicitly.
What is this? Turkey will not accept any notion that denies Israel’s right to exist. Invariably, also, a Palestinian state should live side-by-side with Israel within recognized and secure borders and the security and prosperity of the Palestinian people must be guaranteed."
Speech to Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Jan. 30, 2004
Experts Members of Congress, Ambassadors, Consul Generals, heads of government, heads of major government organizations, members of legislative bodies, and PhD's with significant involvement in, or related to, the Palestinian - Israeli conflict. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Prime Minister of Turkey, 2003-Present
Mayor of Istanbul, 1994-1998
Leader of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi)
BA, Management, Marmara University, Istanbul
Attended Imam Hatip school, Islamic religious school
Phone: 03-12-29-21-000 Fax: None found Email: None found Website:www.mfa.gov.tr
Born in 1954, Istanbul, Turkey
Played semi-professional soccer
1998, arrested, convicted, and sentenced to 10 months in jail (served 4 months) for inciting religious hatred by reciting a religious poem