Last updated on: 10/14/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Neve Gordon, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Senior Lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Northern Ireland offers a real-life model of a just and equitable one-state solution because it accommodates ethno-national distinctions between citizens. In political science it’s called ‘consociationalism’…

Premised on collective and individual entitlements, a consociational government guarantees group representation, ensures power sharing in the executive branch and offers group vetoes. It could assure both the Israeli and the Palestinian communities that no important decision would be made without the broad consent of representatives of both groups…

Granted, the odds appear to favor the long-standing, widely desired two-state solution… to switch to a one-state option would be like betting on a horse whose odds are 50 to 1, instead of the two-state horse’s 25 to 1. But the two-state horse is very old and there is little chance that it will ever win. The one-state is still a colt and just began its training.”

“Rethinking the Two-State Solution,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 1, 2013

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:
  • Associate Professor of Government and Politics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), 2010-present
  • Regional Council Member, Interchurch Organization for Development and Cooperation (ICCO), 2010-present
  • Freelance Media Analyst, BBC Monitor, 2009-present
  • Senior Lecturer, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), 2005-2010
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan, 2007-2008
  • Visiting Scholar, Brown University, 2005
  • Visiting Scholar, University of California at Berkeley, 2004-2005
  • Academic Director, Human Rights Education Program, Eshel Hanasi High School (Israel), 2000-2004
  • Lecturer, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), 1999-2005
  • Executive Director, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, 1992-1994
Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Notre Dame, 1999
  • MA, Political Science, University of Notre Dame, 1997
  • BA, Philosophy, magna cum laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1991
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @nevegordon
Quoted in:
  1. Can the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement Help Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?