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Noam Chomsky, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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:

“In the short term, the only feasible and minimally decent solution is along the lines of the international consensus that the US has unilaterally blocked for the last 30 years: a two-state settlement on the international border (green line), with “minor and mutual adjustments,” in the terms of official US policy, though not actual policy after 1971…

Perhaps in the longer term, as hostility and fear subside and relations are more firmly developed along non-national lines, there will be a possibility of moving towards a federal version of binationalism, then perhaps on to closer integration, perhaps even to a democratic secular state -- though it is far from obvious that that is the optimal arrangement for complex societies, there or elsewhere.”

“Justice for Palestine?,” Noam Chomsky interviewed by Stephen R. Shalom and Justin Podur, ZNet, Mar.30, 2004

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:
  • Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Writes extensively on U.S. foreign policy and Israel
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science
  • Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association
  • Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences
  • Helmholtz Medal
  • Dorothy Eldridge Peacemaker Award
  • Ben Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science
Education:
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1955
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Anti-Zionism a Form of Anti-Semitism?