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Eugene W. Rostow, JD Biography

Former Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Public Affairs at Yale Law School
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“The prospects for peace would be less forbidding if the question were approached as one element in a plan for achieving a larger goal: a confederation involving at least Israel, Jordan, and the occupied territories. Membership could perhaps be open to poor Lebanon as well, or parts of it…

The idea of a Palestinian confederation has been the recommendation of every serious study of the Palestine problem for more than fifty years. It was the essence of the partition proposals of the Peel Commission in 1936, and of the General Assembly’s 1947 partition plan, at least for Israel and the West Bank. With different boundaries, it was also the basic idea of Israel’s 1967 peace offer, which will always correspond to Israeli public opinion: Palestine divided into a Jewish and an Arab state, united in a common market, with special arrangements for Jerusalem and as much political cooperation as the traffic will bear. Before the intifada started, it was the notion behind the de facto Israel/Jordanian condominium for the West Bank, which was both effective and practical. After the past year’s events in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, who can say that progress in the Middle East is impossible?”

“Bricks and Stones: Settling for Leverage; Palestinian Autonomy,” The New Republic, Apr. 23, 1990

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Public Affairs, Yale Law School, 1984
  • Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, 1966-1969
  • Dean of the Yale Law School, 1955-1965
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1937
  • BA, Yale University, 1933
  • Born: 1914
  • Deceased: 2002