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Jerome Segal, PhD, MPA Biography

Title:
Senior Research Scholar at the University of Maryland's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Given that a two-state solution along the strict-separation model does not have high prospects of being negotiated, implemented and stabilized, it is worth investigating whether there is a workable alternative model of two-states. What would the two-state solution look like if rather than turning away from the underlying reality of the common homeland, we were to embrace that reality?… First and foremost, a peace agreement, rather than centering on the creation of two-states, would center on mutual recognition that all of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, is the common homeland of the two peoples… Then, having accepted that there is only one homeland, and that it must be shared, they would agree that at present, and perhaps into the indefinite future, the only practicable option is to divide the homeland into two sovereign states… At the present moment the relations between the two peoples are a far distance from what is required to achieve what I have just described. But it would be a mistake to dismiss this as naive.”

“A Different Way of Thinking About the Two-State Solution,” www.peacelobby.org, Feb. 13, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Research Scholar, University of Maryland’s Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, 2006
  • Director, Jerusalem Project at the Center for International Security Studies, University of Maryland, 2006
  • President, Jewish Peace Lobby, 2006
  • Founded The Jewish Peace Lobby, 1989
  • Part of the first American Jewish delegation to meet with the PLO leadership, 1987
  • Became active in the American Jewish peace movement, 1982
  • Worked in the U.S. Agency for International Development, first as Coordinator for the Near East, and then as Senior Advisor for Agency Planning, 1979
  • Aide to Congressman Donald M. Fraser (D-MN), 1975-1979
  • Author of over 50 op-ed pieces on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict published in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other national publications
Education:
  • MPA, Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Michigan
Other:
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