Last updated on: 2/4/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael Tarazi, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Support for one state is hardly a radical idea; it is simply the recognition of the uncomfortable reality that Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories already function as a single state. They share the same aquifers, the same highway network, the same electricity grid and the same international borders…

The one-state solution… neither destroys the Jewish character of the Holy Land nor negates the Jewish historical and religious attachment (although it would destroy the superior status of Jews in that state). Rather, it affirms that the Holy Land has an equal Christian and Muslim character. For those who believe in equality, this is a good thing.”

“Two Peoples, One State,” New York Times, Oct. 5, 2004

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:
  • Senior Policy Specialist at the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), 2008-present
  • Instructor, Branchless Banking, Boulder Institute for Microfinance
  • Recipient, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum
  • Member, World Economic Forum’s Dialogue Series on Access to Finance through Technology
  • Legal and Communications Advisor to the Negotiations Support Unit, Negotiations Affairs Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization
  • European General Counsel, Euronet Services Inc., Budapest, Hungary
  • Securities Attorney, White & Case, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Education:
  • JD, Harvard University
  • BA, Harvard University, 1989
Other:
  • He speaks English, Arabic, and French.