Last updated on: 10/9/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

David Remnick Biography

Title:
Editor of The New Yorker
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:

“The one-state/two-state debate is highly fraught not least because of proximity. Too much history, too little land. This is not India and Pakistan; the map of Ireland is a veritable continent compared with Israel and the Palestinian territories. Gaza is about as close to Herzliya as Concord is to Hanover; the West Bank, as Israelis are quick to point out, is seven miles from Ben Gurion Airport. Any two-state solution with a chance of working would have to include federal arrangements not only about security but also about water, cell-phone coverage, sewage, and countless other details of a common infrastructure. Talk of a one-state solution, limited as it is, will never be serious if it is an attempt to mask annexation, expulsion, or population transfer, on one side, or the eradication of an existing nation, on the other. Israel exists; the Palestinian people exist. Neither is provisional. Within these territorial confines, two nationally distinct groups, who are divided by language, culture, and history, cannot live wholly apart or wholly together.”

“The One-State Reality,” www.newyorker.com, Nov. 17, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Recipient, Advertising Age’s Editor of the Year, 2000
  • Editor, The New Yorker, 1998-present
  • Nominee, National Magazine Award
  • Staff Writer, The New Yorker, Sep. 1992-present
  • Pulitzer Prize Recipient, Nonfiction, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, 1994
  • Recipient, George Polk Award, 1994
  • Lecturer, Columbia and Princeton Universities
  • Visiting Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Moscow Correspondent, Washington Post, 1988-1992
  • Staff Writer, Washington Post, 1982-unknown
  • Co-founder, Nassau Weekly, 1979
Education:
  • AB, Comparative Literature, Princeton University, 1981
Other:
  • Lives with his wife, Esther Fein (a former New York Times reporter), and their three children in New York
  • Born Oct. 29, 1958 in Hackensack, New Jersey
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?