Last updated on: 1/11/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

James Besser Biography

Title:
Former Washington Correspondent for the New York Jewish Week
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“In a fair world, the rising chorus of threats from Palestinians and their boosters to stop supporting a ‘two-state’ solution in the region and revert to the demand for a single bi-national state would be blown off as cynical gamesmanship…

But fairness has nothing to do with it. And in that harsh world, the growing one-state movement represents a danger to Israel — one it may be reinforcing through its current policies…

[T]he Palestinians say, they may have no choice but to forgo the idea of two states and seek instead a single entity — Arab and Jewish — between the Jordan and the Mediterranean.

That new country, supporters hypocritically argue, would be a real democracy, with the citizens, Arab and Jewish, deciding its character.

You don’t need a high IQ to understand this is code for the effective elimination of the Jewish state.”

“One-State Solution: Suicide by Democracy,” Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, Nov. 21, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Washington Correspondent, New York Jewish Week, 1993-June 22, 2011
  • Reporter, Baltimore Jewish Times, 1987-1993
Education:
  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1970
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @jbesser
  • Also known as Jim Besser
  • Plays in a ceilidh band called Frog Hammer
  • Plays the concertina for two different bands, The Squeezers, and the Open band
  • Is a member of the Foggy Bottom Morris Men dance troupe
Quoted in:
  1. Is Israel an Apartheid State?