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Jean Obeid Biography

Title:
Former Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“It has become certain to everyone, except to the arrogant in Israel, that there can be no security without a political solution, and no partial, peaceful, political solution without the comprehensive peace that embodies the spirit of the [1991] Madrid Conference and the integrated [2002] Arab peace initiative of the Arab Summit in Beirut.

Such a solution is based on the relevant international resolutions which return to Lebanon the remaining territory still under Israeli occupation, including Shebaa Farms; which return to Syria its territory up to the line of 4 June 1967; and which allow the Palestinian refugees to exercise their legal, humanitarian, and moral right of return to their homeland. Such a process should ensure the establishment of a sovereign, independent, stable, and viable Palestinian state with al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital.”

58th session of the U.N. General Assembly, Sep. 24, 2003

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:
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2003-2004
  • Minister of National Education, Sports and Youth, 1996
  • Deputy of North Lebanon, 1996
  • Minister of State, 1993
  • Deputy of Tripoli North Lebanon, 1992
  • Deputy of the Chouf (central region of Lebanon), 1991
  • Advisor on Arab Affairs, Office of the President, 1983-1987
  • Negotiator with Palestinians in Tunis at the request of President Gemayel after the (PLO) left Lebanon in 1982
  • Journalist
Education:
  • LLB, Law, Saint Joseph University-Beirut, 1960
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @JeanBObeid
  • Was born on May 8, 1939 in Alma, Lebanon