Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Gerald M. Steinberg, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University, Israel
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Unless Israel acts we will be ensnared by a growing Palestinian population that will soon become the majority between the Mediterranean and Jordan River, ending the concept of a Jewish state. Even if the terrorist attacks can be stopped by purely military means, the status quo, without borders and with small settlements scattered all over the map, is a dangerous political trap. The catastrophic failures of the Oslo peace process followed by the hopeless road map show that the exit from this trap will not come via negotiations and agreements for many years, maybe decades. To escape this trap Israel must act unilaterally to dismantle some settlements, incorporate others, and create realistic borders. In this way, on the other side of the border, Palestinians will be forced to take responsibility for their own lives and welfare; and on our side Israelis will be able to live within defensible and rational borders.”

“Time for Sharon’s ‘Painful Concessions,'” Jerusalem Post, Sep. 5, 2003

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:
  • Professor of Political Studies, Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • Specializes in Middle East diplomatic and security issues, Middle East peace efforts; Israeli foreign and security policy, and the U.S.-Israeli relationship
  • Directs the Interdisciplinary Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • Senior Research Associate at the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies
  • Founder and head of NGO Monitor
  • Consultant to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Security Council
  • Fellow, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA)
  • Steering Committee, Forum on Antisemitism, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Israel
  • International Academic Board, Israel Law Review
Education:
  • PhD, Government, Cornell University, 1981
  • MA, Government, Cornell University, 1978
  • MSc, Physics, University of California, 1975
  • BA, Physics and Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1973
Other:
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