Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"If given the opportunity, the Palestinians can progress toward democracy. They have a strong middle class. They have special business opportunities in the free world. Palestinians are adroit observers of Israel and understand the functioning of democracy. The Palestinian diaspora is well educated. All of these factors provide hope for a speedier transition... Israel has a special interest in Palestinian democracy because only with democratic development among Palestinians and in the Arab world will Israel enjoy peace and stability... If a Palestinian democracy developed, then a Palestinian state would not be dangerous. As I said many years ago, it is very important that the depth of our concessions match the depth of democracy on the other side."
"Peace Will Only Come after Freedom and Democracy," Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2005
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:
Israeli Knesset Member, 2003-2005
Minister of Jerusalem Affairs
Resigned in protest of Sharon's Disengagement Plan
Board Member of Peace Watch
Medal of Freedom, from U.S. President Ronald Reagan, 1989
Soviet Prisoner, 1977-1987
Spokesman of the Jewish and Refusnik Movement in Moscow, 1973-1977
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Applied Mathematics
Phone: None found Fax: None found Email: None found Website:Knesset Website
Coauthor with Ron Dermer, The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror 2004