Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Natan Sharansky Biography

Title:
Former Israeli Knesset Member
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“If given the opportunity, the Palestinians can progress toward democracy. They have a strong middle class. They have special business opportunities in the free world. Palestinians are adroit observers of Israel and understand the functioning of democracy. The Palestinian diaspora is well educated. All of these factors provide hope for a speedier transition… Israel has a special interest in Palestinian democracy because only with democratic development among Palestinians and in the Arab world will Israel enjoy peace and stability… If a Palestinian democracy developed, then a Palestinian state would not be dangerous. As I said many years ago, it is very important that the depth of our concessions match the depth of democracy on the other side.”

“Peace Will Only Come after Freedom and Democracy,” Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • Israeli Knesset Member, 2003-2005
  • Minister of Jerusalem Affairs
  • Resigned in protest of Sharon’s Disengagement Plan
  • Board Member of Peace Watch
  • Medal of Freedom, from U.S. President Ronald Reagan, 1989
  • Soviet Prisoner, 1977-1987
  • Spokesman of the Jewish and Refusnik Movement in Moscow, 1973-1977
Education:
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Applied Mathematics
Other:
  • None found