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

Philip C. Wilcox, Jr., LLB Biography

Title:
President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Roger Kahn: …Ambassador Wilcox, welcome to Outside-In. I know you support a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Why do you see this as the only viable path to peace?

Philip Wilcox: Roger, there is really no other way. These are two communities that are passionately attached to the land they both consider their home. There has been a link between the ancient kingdoms of Israel and the modern state of Israel, and the Palestinian people have lived there from time immemorial. They both have a deep sense of national identity and want states of their own where they can lead their lives, raise their families and fulfill their aspirations. They have been fighting for decades over the same land and so it is critical that this land be divided to allow each of them to have a state of their own. It’s the only way they can live in peace.

Kahn: If that is the case, what would a likely two-state solution look like?

Wilcox: By now, the outlines of a solution are well known. For 20 years the Israelis and Palestinians have been talking to each other after the previous 50 years of conflict and violence. Out of that dialogue, beginning in the late ‘70s, came a series of negotiations, official and unofficial.

These negotiations produced the outlines of a solution which would divide the former British mandate of Palestine into two states: A state of Israel along the lines in which it was originally created in 1948, and a Palestinian state in that area that was occupied by the Israeli forces in the Six Day War of June 1967. Specifically, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza would comprise the Palestinian state. Israel would preserve its state in its original form, as it was between 1948 and 1967.”

Radio interview with Ambassador Philip Wilcox, FMEP President, by Roger Kahn on Outside-In, for KBUT Crested Butte, CO

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)
  • Member, Accountability Review Board, chaired by Admiral William Crowe (ret.) to examine and make recommendations concerning the terrorist bombing of the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya on August 7, 1998
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research and as Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counter Terrorism
  • Chief of Mission and US Consul General, Jerusalem
  • Served in the Department of State as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Management, Deputy Director for UN Political Affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and in the Bureau for Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs as Director for Regional Affairs, Director for Israeli and Arab-Israeli Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs
  • Served abroad at US Embassies as Press Attache in Vientiane, Laos, Political and Economic/Commercial Officer in Jakarta, Indonesia, and as Chief of the Economic/Commercial Section in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Practiced law for three years in Denver with the firm of Holme, Roberts & Owen
  • Awarded, Department of State’s Meritorious, Superior, and Presidential Honor Awards
  • Board member, Middle East Institute and Americans for Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)
  • Member, The Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs and Dacor-Bacon House
Education:
  • LLB, Stanford Law School, 1961
  • Graduate, National War College
  • BA, History, Williams College, 1958
Other:
  • Born in Denver, Colorado on Feb. 1, 1937
  • Speaks French and Indonesian
  • Taught school in Sierra Leone, West Africa