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Mudar Zahran, PhD Biography

Title:
Secretary General of the Jordanian Coalition of Opposition
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The two-state solution is already dead. There is no place for the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria. Any attempt to establish a state there will be bad for the Palestinians…

The current situation is a mistake that must be corrected, and Israel must annex all of Judea and Samaria. The Palestinian Authority has no good health-care system or policing system in all of Judea and Samaria. The whole idea of establishing a Palestinian state here is not realistic at all. It cannot sustain itself, and many of the Palestinian residents would like to leave the area. Their lives are terrible. There’s a lot of corruption here.”

Yael Barnovsky, “Let Them Call Me Crazy [an interview with Mudar Zahran],” Israel Hayom, www.israelhayom.com, Sep. 28, 2012

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:
  • Secretary General, Jordanian Coalition of Opposition
  • Researcher, University of Bedfordshire (UK)
  • Former Economic Specialist and Assistant Policy Coordinator, American Embassy in Amman (Jordan)
  • Former Economist, Japanese Embassy in Amman (Jordan)
  • Former Researcher, Australian Embassy in Amman (Jordan)
Education:
  • PhD, Finance, University of Bedfordshire (UK), 2011
  • Awarded two masters degrees from Southern New Hampshire University
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @Mudar_Zahran
  • Born on Apr. 19, 1973 in Jordan
  • Lives in London, UK, where he has been granted political asylum
  • Was indicted by a Jordanian military court on Dec. 28, 2013 and scheduled to be tried in absentia for four different charges relating to incitement against the ruling political regime of Jordan, criticism of the king, damaging the country’s image and inciting hatred
  • Was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment with hard labor in Jordan in Feb. 2014
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
  2. Should Israel Allow Settlements in the West Bank?
  3. Does the Palestinian Authority (PA) or Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Commit Acts of Terrorism?