Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"[T]he prospects for a two-state solution are receding. Secretary of State Kerry's sterling efforts have produced regrettably few results, perhaps because he addressed only part of the problem. But the international community cannot give up. Credible polls show that the majority of both Israelis and Palestinians still want a two-state solution. The only alternatives are the status quo or a binational state of some kind. Both are a dead end. The status quo means drift, more settlements, Gaza imprisoned and isolated with more extremism, and Israel retreating to another Masada fortress… There is no secure future in the status quo for Israelis or Palestinians.
As to the binational state or one-state solution, Kerry's withdrawn public reference to apartheid was in fact right. The population trends show that there are at present 6 million Israeli Jews, with a similar and rapidly growing population of Palestinians living in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. If this is to be a Jewish nation, it would, in all likelihood, lead to an apartheid nation of Bantustans, where democracy would be undermined by the treatment of Palestinians as second-class citizens. Israel would be at serious risk of no longer providing a permanent home for the Jews, but of destroying itself through civil strife and international condemnation…
[G]iven leadership and determination, Israelis and Palestinians can still reach a two-state solution and that the dangers for all parties in the alternatives still outweigh the challenges of reaching a peace settlement."
Statement to the House of Lords Grand Committee on the Subject of Israel and Palestine, www.publications.parliament.uk, Mar. 5, 2015
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:
Member, House of Lords Works of Art Committee, June 2014-present
Member of Parliament, House of Lords, Oct. 2, 2000-present
Honorary Fellow, Christ's College Cambridge, 2005-present
Lord Chamberlain, Her Majesty's Household, Oct. 2. 2000-Oct. 2006
Privy Counsellor, 1986-present
Governor, Gibraltar, 1997-2000
Vice Chancellor, University of Buckingham, 1992-1997
Member, Treasury and Civil Service Committee, Mar. 1991-Mar. 1992
Member, Treasury and Civil Service Sub-Committee, Mar. 1991-Mar. 1992
Member of Parliament, House of Commons, 1971-1992
Minister, Privy Council Office, Sep. 1985-July 1990
Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, June 1983- Sep. 1985
Member, Home Affairs Committee, Nov. 1982-June 1983
Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sep. 1981-Apr. 1982
Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, May 1979-Sep. 1981
Graduated, Christ's College, University of Cambridge