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Geoffrey Aronson Biography

Title:
Director of Research and Publications at the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) in Washington, DC
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The policies outlined here support the road toward a two-state solution by ending occupation and accommodating the strategic security interests of both parties, thus enhancing long-term security for Israel, independence and sovereignty for Palestine, and promoting the prospects for regional security…

The 1949 armistice line is the only basis for a two-state solution that includes East Jerusalem as the recognized capital of Palestine. Land swaps of equal size and value, however, are an acceptable mechanism that enables Palestine to be compensated for Israel’s agreed upon territorial interests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.”

Cowritten with Philip Dermer, MA, “US Policy in a Time of Transition: Ending Occupation, Enhancing Israel’s Security, Realizing Palestinian Sovereignty,” www.stimson.org, Mar. 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Research and Publications, Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), Washington, DC
  • Editor of the FMEP bimonthly Report on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories
  • Appears frequently at symposia on a wide range of Middle East related issues
  • Has consulted for both the World Bank and UN
  • Testified before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Foreign Operations in 1992 on Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, 1985-1987
  • Visiting scholar, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1984
  • Has written numerous newspaper, magazine and journal articles on Middle Eastern affairs and he writes regularly in the US for the Los Angeles Times, San Fransico Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor, for the Arab world in Al-Hayat and Al-Wasat, and for Europe in Le Monde Diplomatique
  • Awarded grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism in 1986 and 1991
  • Obtained the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust writing grant in 1982
Education:
  • MLitt, Modern Middle Eastern History, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, 1984
  • BA, Political Science and International Relations, Tufts University
Other:
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