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Dahlia Scheindlin, PhD, MTS Biography

Title:
Op-Ed Editor at +972 Magazine
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“At present, one sovereign alone actually holds power over the territory from the river to the sea: Israel… To put it bluntly: the question is no longer about whether one state should be considered, because if we’re counting ‘states’ who control people, it is already a reality. The question is which kind of state it will be: the left or the right wing version.

Remarkably, many American policy figures, Jewish leaders and intellectuals refuse to enter the debate. They keep talking about the negotiated two-state solution, which is becoming more slogan than substance, as if anyone on either side is listening…

It would also be foolish to pretend I don’t understand the desire to erase the topic. Most Jews view one state as the catastrophic destruction of the Jewish state. They are scared – I was too. I have been a ‘committed two-stater’ ever since college… But paradigms shift and we must be brave enough to sacrifice our familiar individual identities to adapt to historic realities. Keeping the question in the dark deepens the mystique and heightens the fear of the unknown.

The best response is to start demystifying that unknown. It’s time to dive in and start confronting what one state really means. This will help us cut through the emotional noise, analyze problems and advance realistic proposals (‘solutions’ at this stage would be a stretch). If there are no workable answers, we must acknowledge that too and maybe that will lay the whole theme to rest.”

“Demystifying One-State, Acknowledging Facts,” 972mag.com, Oct. 9, 2012

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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:
  • Op-Ed Editor, +972 Magazine
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University
  • Writer, Jerusalem Report
  • Researcher, Israel Democracy Institute
Education:
  • PhD, Comparative Politics, Tel Aviv University
  • MTS (Master of Theological Studies), Harvard University Divinity School
Other:
  • Moved from New York City to Tel Aviv in 1997
  • Worked on four national election campaigns in Israel