Last updated on: 12/9/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Allen B. West, MA Biography

Title:
Former Member of the US House of Representatives (R-FL)
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“If you want to free Palestine, you give it back to the people who had it in the first place, the Jewish people. The nation of Israel has been in diaspora for too long. This is their land… It is not time for appeasement, it is not time for negotiations, it is not time for compromise. Every time we give them [the Palestinians] land, they want more. Every commission decision from the 1937 Peel Commission all the way to the Oslo Accords and just recently when Benjamin Netanyahu said ‘we will suspend settlements for ten months,’ they said it’s still not enough. You’re dealing with an enemy that only wants one thing, and that is a return to the holocaust. That is not happening as long as I still have breath in my lungs. There will never be anything other than the nation of Israel that occupies these boundaries that is set in the words here that we have in the bible and the Torah. Educate yourselves and let everyone understand that, everyone over there, the land belongs to the Jewish people. And it was theirs, it was taken from them by the Romans in 70AD, you wanna do what’s right, give it back to the Jewish people.”

“LTC Allen West in Support of Israel,” www.youtube.com, Jan. 5, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and CEO, National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), Jan. 2, 2015-present
  • Senior Fellow, London Center for Policy Research
  • Member, US House of Representatives (R-FL), Jan. 3, 2011-Jan. 3, 2013
  • Civilian Military Advisor, Afghan Army, 2005-Nov. 2007
  • Battalion Commander, 2d Battalion 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division, US Army, June 6, 2002-2004
  • Army Exchange Officer, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, 1999-2002
  • Former Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, US Army
  • Former Operations Officer, 18th Field Artillery Brigade, US Army
  • Former Assistant Operations/Combat Plans Officer, 2nd Infantry Division Support Command, US Army
  • Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Instructor, Kansas State University, 1991-1994
  • Former Battalion Task Force Fire Support Officer, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, US Army
  • Former Commander, 1st Infantry Division, US Army
  • Former Team Leader and Battalion Training Officer, 325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team, US Army
Education:
  • MA, Political Science, Kansas State University
  • Master of Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS), Political Theory and Military History and Operations, US Army Command and General Staff Officers College, 1997
  • BA, Political Science, University of Tennessee
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @AllenWest
  • Born on Feb. 7, 1961 in Atlanta, GA
  • While serving in the US Army he was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq
  • Was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Air Assault Badge, and the Master Parachutist Badge
  • Holds life membership of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Association of the United States Army, and Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • While serving as a US Congressman, he cosponsored “H.Res.394 – Supporting Israel’s Right to Annex Judea and Samaria in the Event That the Palestinian Authority Continues to Press for Unilateral Recognition of Palestinian Statehood at the United Nations,” Sep. 8, 2011
  • Regular contributor to Fox News
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Palestinian Authority (PA) or Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Commit Acts of Terrorism?