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John Kerry, JD Biography

Title:
US Secretary of State
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state…

Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality, which is the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get to the two-state solution.”

“Exclusive: Kerry Warns Israel Could Become ‘An Apartheid State,'” thedailybeast.com, Apr. 27, 2014

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:
  • US Secretary of State, Feb. 1, 2013-present
  • US Senator (D-MA), Jan. 3, 1985–Feb. 1, 2013
  • Chair, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Member, US Senate Finance Committee
  • Member, US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Member, US Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Democratic Nominee, US President, 2004
  • Lieutenant Governor, Massachusetts, 1982-1984
  • First Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney of Middlesex County, 1977-1979
  • Prosecutor, Office of the District Attorney of Middlesex County, 1976-1977
  • Passed the Massachusetts Bar, 1976
  • Executive Director, Mass Action, Massachusetts, 1974
  • Fundraiser, Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), 1972-1973
  • Founding Member, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), 1970
  • Lieutenant, US Navy, 1970
  • Lieutenant Junior grade, US Navy, 1968
  • Inducted, Skull and Bones Society, 1967
Education:
  • JD, Boston College Law School, 1976
  • Attended, US Navy Officer Candidate School, 1967
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1966
Other:
  • Born Dec. 11, 1943 in Aurora, CO
  • He is married with five children
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?