Last updated on: 9/21/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Benjamin Netanyahu, MS Biography

Title:
Prime Minister of Israel
Position:
Now Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“I remain committed to the idea that the only way we can achieve a lasting peace is through the concept of two states for two peoples – a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish nation state of Israel… I haven’t changed my policy… I don’t want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution. But for that circumstances have to change. So we need the conditions of recognition of a Jewish state and real security in order to have a realistic two-state solution… To make it achievable, then you have to have real negotiations with people who are committed to peace. We are. It’s time that we saw the pressure on the Palestinians to show that they are committed, too.”

Maria Khan, “Benjamin Netanyahu ‘Committed to’ Two-State Solution for Israel, Palestine,” International Business Times, May 31, 2015

[Editor’s Note: Prior to his May 31, 2015 “Pro” quote above, Netanyahu had expressed a “Con” two-state solution position as shown below.]

“I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands, is giving attack grounds to the radical Islam against the state of Israel.”
Interview with NRG, nrg.co.il, Mar. 16, 2015

[Editor’s Note: Prior to his Mar. 16, 2015 “Con” quote above, Netanyahu had expressed a “Pro” two-state solution position as shown below.]

“In my vision of peace, in this small land of ours, two peoples live freely, side-by-side, in amity and mutual respect. Each will have its own flag, its own national anthem, its own government. Neither will threaten the security or survival of the other. These two realities – our connection to the land of Israel, and the Palestinian population living within it – have created deep divisions in Israeli society. But the truth is that we have much more that unites us than divides us… If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitirization and Israel’s security needs, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the State of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarized Palestinian state exists alongside the Jewish state.”
“Address by PM Netanyahu at Bar-Ilan University,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, June 14, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Prime Minister of Israel, Mar. 31, 2009-present
  • Member of Knesset, Likud
  • Finance Minister of Israel, 2003-2005
  • Foreign Minister of Israel, Nov. 2002 – Feb. 2003
  • Prime Minister of Israel, 1996-1999
  • Chairman of the Likud Party
  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1988-1992
  • Ambassador to the United Nations for the State of Israel, 1984-1988
  • Israeli Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States, 1982-1984
  • Served in the Israeli Defense Forces, 1967-1973
Education:
  • MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Management Studies
  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Architecture
Other:
  • Born in Israel in 1949
  • The first Israeli Prime Minister born in Israel after the establishment of the State.
Quoted in:
  1. Can the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement Help Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
  2. Should Palestinian Refugees Have the Right of Return?
  3. Should Israel Be a Jewish State?