Last updated on: 9/17/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Biography

Title:
Prime Minister of Turkey
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute on a resolution track would be an important element of overcoming the confidence problem in the region. As the prime minister of a nation that has lived in friendship with its Jewish citizens for centuries and continues to maintain close friendship with both Israelis and Palestinians, I should like to declare this explicitly.

What is this? Turkey will not accept any notion that denies Israel’s right to exist. Invariably, also, a Palestinian state should live side-by-side with Israel within recognized and secure borders and the security and prosperity of the Palestinian people must be guaranteed.”

Speech to Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Jan. 30, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Prime Minister of Turkey, 2003-Present
  • Mayor of Istanbul, 1994-1998
  • Leader of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi)
Education:
  • BA, Management, Marmara University, Istanbul
  • Attended Imam Hatip school, Islamic religious school
Other:
  • Born in 1954, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Played semi-professional soccer
  • 1998, arrested, convicted, and sentenced to 10 months in jail (served 4 months) for inciting religious hatred by reciting a religious poem
Quoted in:
  1. What Are the Official Positions of Turkey on Israel and the Palestinian Territories?