Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Daniel Seidemann, JD Biography

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

“…[T]he only path to resolving this conflict is a two-state solution involving the political division of Jerusalem, with Jewish neighbourhoods becoming the capital of Israel, and Arab neighbourhoods becoming the capital of Palestine.

If the conflict is to end in a peaceful resolution – in a year or in twenty years – it will only be along these lines. No other option exists. Tragically, the ongoing creation of irreversible facts on the ground may well destroy even this option, and with it, the prospects of a two-state solution. In this case, Israelis and Palestinians will be condemned to an eternally haemorrhaging, Balkanised future.”

“Enough of the Jerusalem Mantra,” Common Ground News Service, Sep. 18, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, Terrestrial Jerusalem, an Israeli NGO, 2010-present
  • Attorney, 1991-present
  • Senior Advisor, Kairos Jerusalem Initiative, The Telos Group
  • Served on a committee of experts commissioned by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak which studied the implementation of political agreements with the Palestinians, 2000-2001
  • Participated in Oslo Accords talks on the final status of Jerusalem, 1994-2000
  • Former Lawyer, Ir Amim
Education:
  • JD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • BA, Cornell University
Other:
  • Native of Syracuse, NY
  • Immigrated to Israel in 1973, where he has lived since
  • Retired Reserve Major in the Israeli Defense Forces