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

Gamal Abdel Nasser Biography

Title:
Former President of Egypt
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“No projects exist now for a peaceful solution, and it does not seem to me that there will be any in the future. We hear what the representative of the U.N. Secretary-General says, and we express our opinion on what we hear. So far our opinion has been clear…With regard to a political solution, we will not in any way agree to give away one inch of Arab territory in any Arab country…

Life will be meaningless and worthless to us however, until every inch of Arab soil is liberated. To us the liberation of Arab soil represents an indivisible whole. In no circumstances is there an alternative to the departure of the occupation forces from all occupied territory. Prior to this departure, there can be no peace in the Middle East in any circumstances.”

Speech to the National Congress of the Arab Socialist Union, Cairo University, July 23, 1968

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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 Egypt, 1956-1970
  • Central figure in advancing Arab Nationalism (see our question on Nasserism)
  • Fought in the first Arab-Israeli War, 1948
Education:
  • Military Academy, Egypt, 1938
Other:
  • Born: 1918
  • Deceased: 1970
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Right of Return Imply the Destruction of Israel?