Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"The paradigm of the Two States will not bring about stability. No!... (The Two-State solution) is not relevant. Not relevant... (The Palestinian state) will undermine the State of Israel. From there, the confrontation will go on.
The State of Israel is ready to give the Palestinians an independent Palestinian state, but the Palestinians are not ready to give us an independent Jewish state... Every agreement you make will be the starting point of the next irredenta. The next conflict. The next war.
The establishment of a Palestinian state will lead at some stage to war. Such a war can be dangerous to the State of Israel. The idea that it is possible to set up a Palestinian state by 2008 and to achieve stability is disconnected from reality and dangerous... Bush's vision is disconnected from reality."
Uri Avnery, "VIEW: The Bogyman," Daily Times, June 7, 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:
Minister of Defense of Israel, Feb. 5, 2013-present
Vice Prime Minister of Israel, Mar. 31, 2009-Mar. 18, 2013
Minister of Strategic Affairs of Israel, Feb. 24, 2009-Feb. 5, 2013
Visiting Fellow, Washington Institute, 2005-2009
Distinguished Fellow, Shalem Center, Jerusalem, 2005-2009
Chief-of-Staff, Israel Defense Force (IDF), 2000-2005
Cofounder and Chair, American Committee on Jerusalem (ACJ), 1995-2003
Commanding Officer, Central Command, 1998
Commanding Officer for Intelligence, 1995
Commanding Officer for Judea and Samaria, 1992
Commanding Officer, IDF Paratroop Brigade, 1990
BA, Political Science, University of Haifa, 1990
Advanced studies at the command and staff college in Kimberly, England