Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Prime Minister of Israel
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"I am proud at where Israel is today. I am sorry that the Arab world rejected the principle of partition in the past, and I hope and pray that today there is an understanding that instead of fighting, the right thing to do is to build a shared future in two separate states: one - the State of Israel, which was established as a Jewish state, a national home for the Jewish people; and the other - Palestine - which will be established to give a full and complete solution to Palestinians wherever they may be. Those who are in Gaza and the West Bank, and those in the refugee camps in other Arab countries with temporary status, waiting for a sense of belonging to a national state - the same feeling of wholeness that the establishment of the State of Israel gave to the Jewish refugees who were forced to leave Arab countries and Europe and became partners in building Israel.
I believe that the solution of two nation states serves the interests of both sides. Not every celebration of ours is cause for sorrow on the other side, and vice versa. I say to my Palestinian colleagues: Do not bemoan the establishment of the State of Israel; establish your own state, rejoice in its establishment and we will rejoice with you, since for us the establishment of the Palestinian state is not our Nakba, or disaster - provided that upon its establishment the word "Nakba" be deleted from the Arabic lexicon in referring to Israel.
Knowing that the conflict has a solution is not enough. Reaching the solution depends first of all upon us - on the two sides themselves and their ability to conduct negotiations, to touch on the most sensitive points and to provide answers based on the understanding that neither side can obtain everything it wants and that compromises are necessary on both sides.
The solution also depends on the ability of the leaders to cope with extremists and terrorism, and we are not speaking here only of the leaders of the sides directly involved in the conflict. This is the central task of the entire world leadership, and especially of the Arab and Muslim world."
"Address by FM Livni to the Annapolis Conference," Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, Nov. 27, 2007
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:
Acting Prime Minister, State of Israel, 2008-present
Co-founder and Chairman, Kadima Party, 2008-present
Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel, 2006-present
Member, Knesset, State of Israel, 1999-present
Minister of Justice, State of Israel, 2005, 2006-2007
Minister of Immigrant Absorption, State of Israel, 2003-2006
Acting Minister of Justice, State of Israel, 2004-2005
Minister of Housing and Construction, State of Israel, 2004-2005
Acting Minister of Housing and Construction, State of Israel, 2004
Recipient, Champion of Good Government Award, Knesset, 2004
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, State of Israel, 2002-2004
Member, Constitution Law and Justice Committee, Knesset, 1999-2003
Member, Committee on the Status of Women, Knesset, 1999-2003
Minister Without Portfolio, State of Israel, 2001-2002
Minister of Regional Cooperation, State of Israel, 1999-2001
Director General, Government Companies Authority, 1996-1999
Lawyer, commercial law, constitutional law and real estate law, 1985-1995
Agent, Mossad (intelligence office of the State of Israel), 1980-1984