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Neil Lochery, PhD Biography

Title:
Catherine Lewis Lecturer in Israeli Studies at University College London
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“World leaders need to understand the simple fact that creating a Palestinian state today would not end the violence. President Mubarak of Egypt admits this in private – as does King Abdullah of Jordan. From their perspective, however, the creation of a weak Palestinian state poses little short-term political threat to the strategic balance of the Arab world and satisfies the increasingly strong pro-Palestinian sentiment of their respective populations.

What they do not see is that a failed Palestinian state (for that is what it would eventually be) is as much a danger to their own positions as to Israel.

Prime Minister Sharon will no doubt have reminded President Bush of this point. At present, a two-state solution is no solution at all.”

“Death of the Two-State Solution,” United Press International, June 13, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Consultant for an Israeli politician for whom he undertakes studies in electoral behaviour
  • Catherine Lewis Lecturer in Israeli Studies, University College London, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
  • Graduate Tutor and Director of the Centre for Israeli Studies
  • Conducting research into the Netanyahu government in Israel, and examining the effect of the changes in Israel’s electoral system on the peace process
  • Served as an advisor to several leading Israeli politicians
  • Appears regularly on the BBC television, CNN, and radio discussing the Middle East peace process and other regional issues
  • Started a study comparing the peace processes in the Middle East and Northern Ireland (a subject he has also lectured in), 1999
Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, Durham University, U.K.
  • MA, Middle East Politics and Economics, Durham University, U.K.
  • BA, Government and Politics (university unknown)
Other:
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