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Richard Cohen Biography

Title:
Nationally Syndicated Columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“I have repeatedly called for Israel to get out of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and return to the approximate 1967 borders. I have endorsed every peace plan that has come along and long ago supported a Palestinian state. When a Palestinian talks about his ancestral home in what is now Israel, I get the message. One of the world’s most intractable and bloody conflicts is not all that difficult to understand: two people, one land.

But in the last several years, this conflict has begun to be seen in the most simplistic terms. The reasons for Israel’s founding – the Holocaust, among other things – have been brushed aside in a frenzied, mindless dash to demonize one side. It seems easier just to deal with cartoon figures, bad Israelis (First World colonialists) and good Palestinians (Third World victims).”

“U.N. Outrage in Wrong Place,” NY Daily News, Mar. 30, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Nationally Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post Writers Group, 1981-present
  • Sigma Delta Chi and Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Awards for Investigative Reporting
Education:
  • New York University
Other:
  • None found