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Khalaf Al Habtoor Biography

Chairman of Al Habtoor Group
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“A two state solution that separates Israelis and Palestinians cannot work. What is needed is a country where the two peoples can live together without conflict…

Unfortunately the Palestinian goal of self-determination as a separate state or the idea of ejecting the 4.5 million Jews from Palestine is as unworkable as Israel’s belief in the two-state solution. It too ignores the reality on the ground: Arab and Jew are inextricably mixed throughout Palestine living in the same streets, towns and cities and relying on each other in many different ways.”

“A One State Solution – The Only Way To Achieve Lasting Peace,” Al Shindagah Online, June 6, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman of Al Habtoor Group, 1970-present
  • Chairman, Dubai National Insurance
  • Former member of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates
  • Former member of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Former Chairman of the Commercial Bank of Dubai
  • Honorary Member of the American Medical Association
  • Former Executive Board Member of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Only member of the World Board of Governors of the American United Services Organisation, who was not an American citizen, 1994-1997
  • Member, Dubai Economic Board
  • Honored with a Knighthood from the President of Lebanon
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters by President Hiam Sakr of the American University College of Science and Technology in Beirut
  • Awarded the prestigious International Peace Prize by the United Cultural Convention of America
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