Last updated on: 9/21/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Martin Gilbert Biography

Title:
Former Honorary Fellow of Merton College at Oxford University
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Although it can easily be argued that George W Bush and Tony Blair face a far lesser challenge than Roosevelt and Churchill did – that the war on terror is not a third world war – they may well, with the passage of time and the opening of the archives, join the ranks of Roosevelt and Churchill. Their societies are too divided today to deliver a calm judgment, and many of their achievements may be in the future: when Iraq has a stable democracy, with al-Qaeda neutralised, and when Israel and the Palestinian Authority are independent democracies, living side by side in constructive economic cooperation…

It may be that in our time Bush and Blair will show the leadership needed to set the two-state solution back on track. Both are now firmly in the political saddle. Their leadership qualities will be put to the test in bringing the Israelis and Palestinians together in working toward an agreement.”

“Statesmen for these times,” The Observer, Dec. 26, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Honorary Fellow, Merton College, University Oxford, 1994-2015
  • Awarded an honorary doctorate, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 2011
  • Awarded an honorary LLD (Doctor of Laws), University of Western Ontario, 2003
  • Former Fellow, Merton College, University of Oxford
  • Former Research Scholar, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
  • “Gilbert, a British historian, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, and author of many other works, is no stranger to Israel. He has written several books on Jerusalem, historical atlases of the Jews and of the Arab-Israeli conflict, a study of Palestine under the British Mandate centering on the 1939 White Paper, and a general history, Exile and Return: The Emergence of Jewish Statehood (1978). Israel: A History is a work of synthesis by a knowledgeable historian.”(Foreign Affairs)
Education:
  • DLitt (Doctor of Letters), Merton College, University of Oxford, 1999
  • BA, Modern History, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, 1960
Other:
  • Born in London, England, on Oct. 25, 1936
  • Died in London, England, on Feb. 3, 2015
  • Knighted for services to British History and International Relations, 1995
  • Awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), 1990
Quoted in:
  1. How Many Jews from Arab Countries Became Refugees following the First Arab-Israeli War?