Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"The historic compromise between Israel and Palestine is based on the principle of 'Two States for Two Peoples.' The State of Palestine is designed to embody the historic personality of the Palestinian-Arab people and the State of Israel is designed to embody the historic personality of the Israeli-Jewish people, with the Arab citizens of Israel, who constitute a fifth of all Israeli citizens, being full partners in the state.
It is clear that the return of millions of Palestinian refugees to the State of Israel would completely change the character of the state, contrary to the intentions of its founders and most of its citizens. It would abolish the principle of Two States for Two Peoples, on which the demand for a Palestinian state is based.
All this leads to the conclusion that most of the refugees who opt for return will find their place in the State of Palestine. As Palestinian citizens they will be able to build their life there, subject to the laws and decisions of their government."
"The Right of Return," Media Monitors Network, Jan. 19, 2001
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:
Founding Member and Director, Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc), 1993-present
Palestinian award for human rights, Palestinian Society for Human Rights Jerusalem (LAW), 1998
Lower Saxony prize for human rights, 1998
Kreisky prize for human rights, Vienna, 1997
Columnist, Ma'ariv Daily
Former Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Ha-olam Haze news magazine, 1950-1990
First Israeli to meet Yasser Arafat, Beirut, Lebanon, 1982
Founding Member, Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, 1975
The first Israeli to establish contact with Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership, 1974
3 Term Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Member, 1965-1969, 1969-1973, 1979-1981