Former Chief Negotiator of the Oslo Accords and Chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"There are currently two opportunities to save prospects for a two-state solution. First, the quartet must make a full and internationally monitored settlement freeze the top priority. Without such a freeze, ongoing settlement construction will only provoke more hostility and undermine any attempts to stop violence.
Second, elections next month give Israelis the opportunity to send a message to Palestinians. By electing a leadership committed to evacuating settlements rather than building them, to ending the occupation rather than intensifying it, Israelis can undermine the Palestinian extremists and help bring an end to the horrors of the past two years.
Israel has a right to peace and security. But if the international community and the Israeli public miss these opportunities, they will have only themselves to blame for the consequences we will all suffer."
"Saving the Two State Solution," New York Times, Dec. 20, 2002
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:
Head of the Steering and Monitoring Committee, PLO-NAD
Senior Member of the Palestinian negotiation team, 1994-present
Professor of Political Science, An-Najah University, Nablus
Elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), 1996
Vice-Chair at the Washington negotiations, 1992
Vice-Chair of the Madrid Peace Delegation, 1991
Editorial Board Member, Al-Quds (a Palestinian daily)
Secretary-General of the Arab Studies Society
PhD, Peace Studies, Bradford University
MA, Political Science, University of San Francisco
BA, Political Science, University of San Francisco