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Lara Friedman, MA Biography

Title:
Director of Policy and Government Relations at Americans for Peace Now
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The ‘one-state solution’ is a fantasy shared by some anti-Zionists/post-Zionists and some Zionist hardliners. Fantasy, because no Israeli government will dissolve the State of Israel in favor of a bi-national state, and Israel will never be able to justify annexing the West Bank to create ‘Greater Israel.’ And importantly, ‘one-state’ is not the dream of either the Israeli or the Palestinian public at large.

The two-state solution is still possible and is the only alternative to a permanent state of conflict. Rather than wasting time on fantasy, energy should focus on achieving the two-state solution before it is too late.”

“Is It Time to Move On to the One-State Solution?,” 972mag.com, Feb. 13, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Policy and Government Relations, Americans for Peace Now, 1999-present
  • Foreign Service Officer (Jerusalem, Washington, Tunis, Beirut), US Department of State, 1992-1999
  • Contributor, Huffington Post
  • Former Relationship Manager, Emerging Markets/Financial Institutions Division, Citibank
  • Former intern, US Embassy (Sudan), US Department of State
Education:
  • MA, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
  • BA, University of Arizona
Other:
  • Fluent in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Italian
Quoted in:
  1. Should Israel Allow Settlements in the West Bank?
  2. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?