Last updated on: 11/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Parliament of Jordan Biography

Position:
Pro 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 the only way to end the conflict and establish security and stability for the entire region. Israel’s security will not be achieved without a genuine pursuit of comprehensive just peace and the two-state solution, and without the establishment of a sovereign, geographically contiguous, Palestinian state along the 5 June 1967 lines, according to international accords and the Arab Peace Initiative, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and an economy that has the potential to grow and prosper.”

Jumana Ghunaimat, “King: Gaza Offensive ‘Bloodiest, Most Devastating’,” Al Ghad, Aug. 10, 2014

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.
Description:

“The Parliament of Jordan is the bicameral Jordanian National Assembly. Established by the 1952 Constitution, the legislature consists of two houses: the House of Senate and the House of Representatives.

The House of Senate has 75 members who are directly appointed by the King while the House of Representatives has 150 elected members with 9 seats reserved for Christians, three for Circassian and Chechen minorities and 15 for women. The Constitution ensures that the Senate cannot be more than half the size of the House of Representatives. The members of both houses serve for four-year terms. The number of Senators was increased to 75 in October 2013, after the House of Representatives saw a rise in the number of Representatives earlier the same year.”

Saqib Riaz, “The Parliament of Jordan,” parliamentfiles.com, Jan. 26, 2015

Mission:

“The Jordanian political system is based on the separation of the three powers (Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary). The Jordanian Constitution has specified the mandate of the three authorities where every authority exercises its mandate without interference in other authorities’ businesses. The relationship between these three authorities is a balanced, complementary, and participatory one. The Legislative power has the right to oversee the Executive power’s performance and hold it accountable. Yet, the Executive Authority has the right to propose draft laws and to issue provisional laws when deemed necessary.”

“General Information about the National Assembly,” www.parliament.jo (accessed Nov. 17, 2015)

Other:
National legislature
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