Last updated on: 9/17/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Avrum Burg Biography

Title:
Former Speaker for the Israeli Knesset
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The next diplomatic formula that will replace the ‘two states for two peoples’ will be a civilian formula. All the people between the Jordan and the sea have the same right to equality, justice and freedom. In other words, there is a very reasonable chance that there will be only one state between the Jordan and the sea – neither ours nor theirs but a mutual one. It is likely to be a country with nationalist, racist and religious discrimination and one that is patently not democratic, like the one that exists today. But it could be something entirely different. An entity with a common basis for at least three players: an ideological right that is prepared to examine its feasibility; a left, part of which is starting to free itself of the illusions of ‘Jewish and democratic’; and a not inconsiderable part of the Palestinian intelligentsia.

The conceptual framework will be agreed upon – a democratic state that belongs to all of its citizens. The practicable substance could be fertile ground for arguments and creativity. This is an opportunity worth taking, despite our grand experience of missing every opportunity and accusing everyone else except ourselves.”

“Now It’s Your Turn,” Haaretz, Dec. 23, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member (Labor party), Israeli Knesset 16, 2003-2004
  • Member and Speaker (One Israel and Labor parties), Israeli Knesset 15, 1999-2003
  • Chairman, Jewish Agency for Israel, 1995-1999
  • Member (Labor party), Israeli Knesset 13, 1992-1995
  • Member (Alignment party), Israeli Knesset 12, 1988-1992
  • Advisor on Diaspora Affairs to Israeli President Shimon Peres, 1985-1988
Education:
  • BA, Social Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Other:
  • Born Jan. 19, 1955 in Jerusalem
  • Acquired French citizenship in 2004
  • Served as a lieutenant in the paratroopers brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
  • Lives in Nataf, a rural community on the outskirts of Jerusalem
  • Legal name is Avraham Burg
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?