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

Benyamin Korn, MA Biography

Title:
Member of the Board of the Religious Zionists of America (RZA)
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The WJW’s March 13 editorial, ‘Michael Oren’s unilateral withdrawal,’ argued that ‘the two-state solution is the best Zionist option.’ Is it really?… If there was a Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria, terrorists with rockets would be hitting synagogues in Jerusalem, shopping malls in Tel Aviv and airplanes taking off from Ben-Gurion airport. No, the current Israeli-Palestinian situation is not ideal. But the fact is that for nearly 50 years — ever since Israel won Judea-Samaria in the 1967 war — Israel has been able to maintain a reasonable level of security; Israelis have had access to Jewish religious sites in the territories, which the previous Arab rulers denied; Jerusalem has been reunited; and Israel has remained both Jewish and democratic, despite all the doomsayers’ predictions. The status quo is far preferable to the creation of a Palestinian state in Israel’s backyard.”

Cowritten with Moshe Phillips, “Zionist Option Not What You Think,” a letter submitted to the Washington Jewish Week, Mar. 19, 2014

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Board Member, Religious Zionists of America (RZA)
  • Chairman, RZA-Philadelphia (Religious Zionists of America)
  • Founder, Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin
  • Founder, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)
  • Former Associate Director, David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
  • Former Executive Editor, The Jewish Exponent
Education:
  • MA, International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)
  • BA, Journalism, Temple University
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @BenyaminKorn
  • Also known as “Buddy” Korn
  • Son of Bertram Korn, former Rabbi of Philadelphia’s Keneseth Israel, and Rita Korn, heir to the Pep Boys auto-repair fortune.
Quoted in:
  1. Should Israel Be a Jewish State?