Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"The Palestinian Authority's recent announcement that it would seek UN recognition as an independent state dominated the news and the political debate in the United States last week, though in truth it should mean very little to us. Only a political class harboring the illusion it can run the world obsesses over the aspirations of a tiny population on a tiny piece of land thousands of miles away...
I believe that we can no longer police the world. We can no longer bribe the Israelis and Palestinians to continue an endless 'peace process' that goes nowhere. It is not in our interest to hector the Palestinians or the Israelis, or to 'export' democracy to the region but reject it when people vote the 'wrong' way...
While I do not see UN membership as a particularly productive move for the Palestinian leadership, I do not believe the US should use its position in the UN Security Council to block their membership. I believe in self-determination of peoples and I recognize that peoples may wish to pursue statehood by different means. As we saw after the Cold War, numerous new states were born out of the ruins of the USSR as the various old Soviet Republics decided that smaller states were preferable to an enormous and oppressive multi-national conglomerate.
The real, pro-US solution to the problems in the Middle East is for us to end all foreign aid, stop arming foreign countries, encourage peaceful diplomatic resolutions to conflicts, and disengage militarily."
"A Palestinian State?," paul.house.gov, Sep. 26, 2011
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:
Founder and Chairman, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity
Member, Republican Party, 1956-1987, 1996-present
Member, US House of Representatives, Texas 14th District, 1997-2013
Member, Libertarian Party, 1987-1996
Member, US House of Representatives, Texas 22nd District, 1976-1977, 1979-1985
Founder, Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE), 1976
MD, Private Practice
Flight Surgeon, United States Air National Guard, 1965-1968
Flight Surgeon, United States Air Force, 1963-1965