Last updated on: 9/21/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Dore Gold, PhD Biography

Title:
President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
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:

“Before Israel proceeds with the roadmap, it would be appropriate to reach new U.S.-Israeli understandings about the future direction of the peace process. In the short term, Israel’s construction of the separation fence should not become an issue in U.S.-Israel relations. The fence is a military barrier; Israel’s right to make its own judgment about how best to protect its security needs should be respected. Israel will still retain settlements and conduct military operations on both sides of the fence. Nonetheless, the separation fence could evolve over time into a permanent political border, if the Palestinians fail to seriously enter into a negotiating process with Israel. But the fence does not necessarily have to become a final border should the parties agree to other boundaries.

In the longer term, Israel’s right to defensible borders ought to be acknowledged by the Bush administration. Should the roadmap to a Palestinian state be implemented, then an appropriate quid pro quo for the establishment of a Palestinian state (with certain security restrictions) would be defensible borders for Israel. The details of what constitutes those defensible borders should be worked out by the Bush administration and the Sharon government, before the roadmap proceeds to its next stage.”

“Defensible Borders for Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 15-July 1, 2003

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:
  • President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
  • Advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 2003
  • Eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, 1997-1999
  • Foreign Policy Advisor to the former Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Member of the Israeli delegation at the 1998 Wye River negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)
  • Negotiated the Note for the Record, which supplemented the 1997 Hebron Protocol
    Senior research associate at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, 1985-1996
  • Concluded the negotiations with the U.S., Lebanon, Syria, and France for the creation of the Monitoring Group for Southern Lebanon
  • Advisor to the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference, 1991
Education:
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1984
  • MA, Columbia University, 1976
  • BA, Columbia University, 1975
Other:
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