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Ehud Barak, MSc Biography

Title:
16th Prime Minister of Israel, 1999-2001
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“It is true that there are demographic threats to its [Israel’s] existence. That is why a separation from the Palestinians is a compelling imperative. Without such a separation [into two states] there is no future for the Zionist dream.”

“Camp David and After: An Exchange,” New York Times Review of Books, Volume 49, Number 10, June 13, 2002

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:
  • Minister of Defense, Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007 – present
  • Prime Minister of Israel, 1999-2001
  • Elected Chairman of the Labor Party, 1996
  • Elected to the Knesset, 1996
  • Served as a Member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, 1996
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nov. 1995 – June 1996
  • Minister of the Interior, July-Nov. 1995
  • Following the May 1994 signing of the Gaza-Jericho agreement with the Palestinians, Lt. General Barak oversaw the IDF’s redeployment in the Gaza Strip and Jericho
  • Assumed the post of the 14th Chief of the General Staff and was promoted to the rank of Lt. General, the highest in the Israeli military, Apr. 1991
  • Appointed Deputy Chief-of-Staff, May 1987
  • Appointed Commander of the IDF Central Command, Jan. 1986
  • Appointed Head of the Intelligence Branch at the IDF General Headquarters, Apr. 1983
  • Served as Deputy Commander of the Israeli force in Lebanon, (“Peace for Galilee” operation), 1982
  • Appointed Head of the IDF Planning Branch and promoted to Major General, Jan. 1982
  • Tank battalion commander on the southern front in Sinai, 1973 Yom Kippur War
  • Awarded the “Distinguished Service Medal” and four other citations for courage and operational excellence
Education:
  • MSc, Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1978
  • BSc, Physics and Mathematics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1976
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