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Bernard Wasserstein, DPhil, DLitt Biography

Harriet & Ulrich E. Meyer Professor of Modern European Jewish History at the University of Chicago
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“The Beilin-Abu Mazen formula is the only one that has ever been agreed between senior accredited political leaders of the Israelis and Palestinians. The tragedy of the Rabin assassination prevented its implementation in 1995. Yet while it was never endorsed by the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority, its creators did not repudiate it. Their proposal, in the updated form of the Clinton ‘parameters’ is the only one that addresses current social, ideological, and demographic realities in Jerusalem -- and that, at the same time, bears some color of political viability. It is the only one that offers any realistic hope of an end to the long torment of the holy city.”

Divided Jerusalem, 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Harriet & Ulrich E. Meyer Prof, Modern European Jewish History at the University of Chicago
  • Visiting Fellow, Sackler Institute for Advanced Studies, Tel Aviv University, 2008
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 2007-2008
  • Fellow Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2004-2005
  • Fellow, National Humanities Center, North Carolina, 2002-2003
  • Professor of Modern History, University of Glasgow, 2000-2003
  • President, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and Fellow of St Cross College 1996-2000
  • Visiting Fellow, All Souls College Oxford, 1995
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship 1994-1995
  • Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University 1990-1992
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1984-1985
  • Associate Professor of History, Brandeis University, 1980-82, Professor 1982-96
  • DLitt, Oxford, 2001
  • DPhil, Modern History, Oxford, 1974
  • MA, Oxford, 1972
  • BA, Modern History, Oxford, 1969
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