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Benjamin Miller, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of International Relations at the School of Political Sciences at the University of Haifa
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The only possible peaceful solution is one of two-states for two nations based on the exchange of ‘refugees for settlers.’ This would enable the formation of two relatively, even if not perfectly, nationally congruent states…

Moreover, the key aspiration of both Palestinians and Israelis is national independence. This is the basic quest of both the Zionist and the Palestinian national movements and the Jewish Israeli and the Palestinian peoples. Thus, the two-state solution can meet the key aspiration even if not meeting additional secondary desires (such as the control over the whole area between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River).

Further, two-states for the two nations is the most effective way of minimizing state-to-nation imbalances. Partition resolves the ‘nation without state’ and the stateless refugees problem for the Palestinian imbalance, while producing a clear-cut Jewish majority state in Israel instead of the unstable and imbalanced de-facto bi-national situation.”

“Israel–Palestine: One State or Two: Why a Two-State Solution Is Desirable, Necessary, and Feasible,” Ethnopolitics, Aug. 16, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • Professor of International Relations, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa, Oct. 2008-present
  • Visiting Professor and Israel Institute Faculty Exchange Fellow, Dartmouth College, 2014-2015
  • Israel Institute Visiting Fellow and Visiting Professor of Political Science, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University, 2013-2014
  • President, the Israeli Association of International Studies, 2008-2012
  • Associate Professor, International Relations, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa, 2002-2008
  • President, the Israeli Association of International Studies, 2003-2007
  • Teacher, International Relations Studies, The National Defense College of the Israeli Defense Forces, 1994-2006
  • Visiting Professor, Duke University, 2000-2002
  • Senior Lecturer, International Relations, Hebrew University, 1994-2002
Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1988
  • MA, Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1981
  • BA, Political Science and Sociology, University of Haifa, 1977
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?