Member of Knesset, Israel (Balad Party - National Democratic Assembly)
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"Balad is national democratic party defined by two political positions. One is the demand that Israel be a state of all its citizens, as opposed to Israel’s self-definition as a Jewish state, and two is cultural autonomy for Palestinians inside Israel.
Israel should be a state of all its citizens, not a state that belongs to one part of its population. Israel defines itself as a Jewish state. So, it’s not our state. It’s not just a question of definition or nature. It’s a question of substance, structure, aims, goals, policies, laws. Israel is not only a Jewish state. It is the state of many people who are not its citizens, because Israel claims to be the state of all Jews all over the world, including people who are living happily, with full citizenship and rights, in other countries."
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:
Elected and serves in the Israeli Knesset (parliament) with the Balad Party (National Democratic Assembly, Israeli-Arab Party), 2003-present
Questioned by the police's International and Serious Crimes Unit for making diplomatic visit to Syria and Lebanon without permission from Israeli government, 2006
National Democratic Assembly Parliamentary Group Chairman
Member, The Lobby for Closing the Social Gaps
Member, Social-Environmental Lobby
Member, Lobby for Jerusalem
Member, The Public Petitions Committee
Member, The Science and Technology Committee
Member, Education, Culture, and Sports Committee
Former Member, Labor, Welfare, and Health Committee