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Michael Melchior Biography

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

“Between the Jordan and Mediterranean there are today 11 million people, of which 50 percent are Palestinian Arabs. The state will not exist for one day without being a democracy and therefore the choice is very clear: if there are not two states – there is no Jewish state.”

“Q&A with Meimad MK Rabbi Michael Melchior,” Haaretz.com (accessed on Sep. 7, 2007)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chief Rabbi of Norway
  • Appointed Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, 2005
  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mar. 2001 – Oct. 2002
  • Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, responsible for Diaspora and social affairs, Aug. 1999 – Mar. 2001
  • International Director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation
  • Rabbi of a Jerusalem congregation, since 1986
  • Norwegian Nobel Institute’s Prize for Tolerance and Bridge-Building
  • Yeshivat Hakotel’s Award for Work in the Diaspora Rabbinate
Education:
  • Rabbinical Ordination, Yeshivat Hakotel, Jerusalem
Other:
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