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Douglas J. Feith, JD Biography

Title:
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy of the US Department of Defense (DoD)
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Many Palestinians say that their aim is to live dignified lives, in freedom, in peace and prosperity in their own state. That goal could be achieved. The U.S. government supports it. Israeli leaders have for years acknowledged that a Palestinian state will be the ultimate outcome of any negotiated peace. As President Bush noted on April 4th, ‘Israel has recognized the goal of a Palestinian state. The outlines of a just settlement are clear: two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side, in peace and security.’

But that goal grows increasingly remote as terrorism belies and precludes diplomacy -- and darkens the Palestinian people’s future. President Bush has called on Israelis to show ‘a respect for and concern about the dignity of the Palestinian people who are and will be their neighbors. It is crucial to distinguish between the terrorists and ordinary Palestinians seeking to provide for their own families.'”

“The War on Terrorism -- America’s War and Israel’s War,” Speech To American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, Apr. 21, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, 2001-present
    Responsibilities: Formulation of defense planning guidance and forces policy, Department of Defense relations with foreign countries and the Department’s role in U.S. Government interagency policy making.
  • Managing Attorney of the Washington, D.C. law firm Feith & Zell, P.C., 1986-2001
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy, 1984-1986
  • Middle East Specialist, National Security Council, 1981-1982
  • Special Counsel to Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle
Education:
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • AB, Harvard College
Other:

Speeches:

  • “National Defense in the Second Term,” Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C., Feb. 17, 2005
  • “The Global War on Terrorism,” Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 2003
  • “Fighting Terrorism,” Speech to the American Jewish Committee, Washington, D.C., May 8, 2002