Last updated on: 9/17/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

David B. Cook, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“I basically support Israel, but there definitely needs to be justice for the Palestinians as well. In my opinion, Israel should establish borders more or less along the 1967 lines, but make adjustments for its security needs, and not withdraw from east Jerusalem. A Palestinian state can flourish in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, however, given the security needs of Israel this state needs to be demilitarized. Both Muslim and Jewish religious claims and needs should be taken into account with regard to the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount under any final negotiations. But personally I am skeptical as to whether any final negotiations will take place during the near future, because the Palestinian state is weak and it is doubtful that any accord with it will be honored fully. Still, it is in Israel’s and the United States’ best interest to support what negotiations can take place with the Palestinians and to make sure that the Palestinian people do not suffer unduly during this conflict. But the goal should be an Israeli state that is secure and non-dependent upon U.S. aid and a Palestinian state that is socially and economically viable and equally non-dependent upon outside aid.”

Email to ProCon.org, May 3, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University
  • Research areas: Islamic History, Muslim apocalyptic literature and movements,historical astronomy, Judeo-Arabic philosophy
  • Teaching areas: Islamic history and religious development
  • Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements, Society for the Scientific Study of Religions
Education:
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2001
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1998
  • BA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1994
Other:
  • None found