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Binyamin Elon Biography

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

“Key principles of the Elon Peace Plan:

1. Immediate dissolution of the Palestinian Authority, a non-viable entity with no future, whose existence precludes the termination of the conflict.

2. Israel will uproot the Palestinian terror infrastructure. All arms will be collected, incitement will be stopped and all the refugee camps, which serve as incubators for terror, will be dismantled. Terrorists and their direct supporters will be deported.

3. Israel, the United States and the international community will recognize the Kingdom of Jordan as the only legitimate representative of the Palestinians. Jordan will once again recognize itself as the Palestinian nation-state.

In the context of a regional economic development program, Israel, the United States and the international community will put forth a concerted effort for the long-term development of Jordan, to rehabilitate its economy and enable it to absorb a limited number of refugees within its borders.

4. Israeli sovereignty will be asserted over Judea, Samaria and Gaza (the West Bank). The Arab residents of these areas will become citizens of the Palestinian state in Jordan. The status of these citizens, their connection to the two states and the manner of administration of their communal lives will be decided in an agreement between the governments of Israel and Jordan (Palestine).

5. Israel, the United States and the international community will allocate resources for the completion of the exchange of populations that began in 1948, as well as the full rehabilitation of the refugees and their absorption and naturalization in various countries.

6. After implementation of the above stages, Israel and Jordan-Palestine will declare the conflict terminated. Both sides will work to normalize peaceful relations between all parties in the region.”

“Key principles of the Elon Peace Plan,” The Right Road to Peace: A Peace Plan, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Israeli Knesset Member
  • Former Israeli Minister of Tourism, 2001-2004
  • Founder and Dean of Yeshivat Beit Orot, 1990-1996
  • Jewish Agency emissary in the United States, 1983-1985
  • Rabbi of Kibbutz Shluchot, 1978-1982
Education:
  • Rabbinical Ordination, Chief Rabbinate of Israel, 1978
Other:
  • None found