Last updated on: 10/2/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Ben Shapiro, JD Biography

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

“In the short term, the establishment of a ‘Palestinian state’ based in Judea, Samaria and Gaza cuts Israel to the bone. In some places, Israel would be an unthinkable 9 miles wide. In the long term, the growth of the hostile Israeli-Arab population within pre-1967 Israel bodes ill for the future of the Jewish state… Here is the bottom line: If you believe that the Jewish state has a right to exist, then you must allow Israel to transfer the Palestinians and the Israeli-Arabs from Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Israel proper. It’s an ugly solution, but it is the only solution. And it is far less ugly than the prospect of bloody conflict ad infinitum. When two populations are constantly enmeshed in conflict, it is insane to suggest that somehow deep-seated ideological change will miraculously occur, allowing the two sides to live together.

Unfortunately, this insanity is generally accepted as the only way forward…

It’s time to stop being squeamish. Jews are not Nazis. Transfer is not genocide. And anything else isn’t a solution.”

“Transfer is Not a Dirty Word,” Townhall.com, Aug. 27, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Syndicated Columnist
  • Used to practice law with Goodwin Procter, LLP in Los Angeles, California
Education:
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2007
  • BA, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Political Science, UCLA, 2004
Other:
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