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Jack Straw Biography

Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom (UK)
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“They and those who worked with them on the Geneva Initiative are to be congratulated for their vision and courage in setting out a coherent and comprehensive set of proposals for a solution to the tragic conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

Because of the situation on the ground there is a dangerous temptation to abandon hope of progress on the peace process. I therefore pay tribute to Yossi Beilin and Yasser Abed Rabo for refusing to accept that the situation is without hope. The Geneva initiative is a challenge to Israelis, to Palestinians and to the whole of the international community…

I have no illusions about the difficulties which lie ahead. But initiatives such as the Geneva Accord show that people of goodwill on both sides can still work together for peace. For our part the UK government gives the parties every encouragement we can to help secure that peace.”

Speech given at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Feb. 2, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom (U.K.), 2007-present
  • UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2001-2007
  • UK Home Secretary, 1997-2001
  • UK Shadow Home Secretary, 1995-1997
  • Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, 1994-1995
  • UK Shadow Environment Secretary, 1992-1994
  • UK Shadow Education Secretary, 1987-1992
  • Opposition spokesman on Local Governement, 1983-1987
  • Opposition spokesman on Treasury matters, 1980-1983
  • Visiting Fellow, Nuffield College Oxford
  • Fellow, Royal Statistical Society
  • Member, Inner London Education Authority, 1971-1974
  • President, National Union of Students, 1969-1971
  • President, Leeds University Students’ Union, 1967-1968
  • Called to the Bar, 1972
  • Brentwood School, Essex and Leeds University
  • Legal name, Jack John Whitaker Straw