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David Matz, JD Biography

Director of the Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts Boston
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“The primary problem in reaching a peaceful arrangement between the Israelis and the Palestinians is that a significant number of people on both sides reject dividing the land between the Mediterranean and Jordan (the two-state solution), and neither local government (not the Israelis nor the Palestinians) can control their own rejectionists. As long as any ‘solution’ assumes that the local governments will be able to confront these rejectionists, that plan will fail. The only way around this is with the use of an international coalition composed, at least, of the United States, the EU, the UN, and Arab countries. The coalition must declare its immediate willingness to use diplomatic, economic, and military pressure to achieve three goals simultaneously: Ending the use of violence; removing a large number of settlements; and agreeing up front to the plan outlined by President Clinton and negotiated at Taba. This plan has difficulties, but it can work because there is now an international consensus opposing the use of terror, opposing the presence of settlements, and favoring the two-state agreement all but agreed to at Taba. And this consensus is supported by substantial majorities of Israelis and Palestinians. It is the rejectionists on both sides who block it and who must be confronted.”

“Intervening in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Strategy and Its Risks,” New England Journal of Public Policy, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of the Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts Boston, 1986-present
  • Professor of Law, University of Massachusetts/Boston, 1973-present
  • Partner at Mediation Group in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Presented the Pioneer Award, New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, 2005
  • Serves on panels for the Superior Courts of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution Environmental Panel and the American Arbitration Association Employment Disputes Panel
  • Designed and conducted trainings in mediation, negotiation, and conflict systems design for attorneys, judges, engineers, university faculty and deans, environmental staff, prison superintendents, doctors, business executives, school teachers and school committees, and other government officers
  • Consultant to the Chief Justice of the High Court and to the Ministry of Justice in Israel
  • His work has focused on the development of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques for use in the Israeli courts
  • In Israel, he has trained numerous judges, attorneys, executives, and mediators, and has lectured widely on the uses of mediation in many contexts
  • Chaired the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Boston Bar Association, has served on the Governor’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution
  • Fulbright Professor of Law at the University of Tel Aviv, 1989-1990
  • Oasis of Peace
  • Brit Tzedek v’Shalom
  • Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salaam
  • JD, Harvard Law School
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