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Richard Napier Luce Biography

Member of the House of Lords
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“[T]he prospects for a two-state solution are receding. Secretary of State Kerry’s sterling efforts have produced regrettably few results, perhaps because he addressed only part of the problem. But the international community cannot give up. Credible polls show that the majority of both Israelis and Palestinians still want a two-state solution. The only alternatives are the status quo or a binational state of some kind. Both are a dead end. The status quo means drift, more settlements, Gaza imprisoned and isolated with more extremism, and Israel retreating to another Masada fortress… There is no secure future in the status quo for Israelis or Palestinians.

As to the binational state or one-state solution, Kerry’s withdrawn public reference to apartheid was in fact right. The population trends show that there are at present 6 million Israeli Jews, with a similar and rapidly growing population of Palestinians living in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. If this is to be a Jewish nation, it would, in all likelihood, lead to an apartheid nation of Bantustans, where democracy would be undermined by the treatment of Palestinians as second-class citizens. Israel would be at serious risk of no longer providing a permanent home for the Jews, but of destroying itself through civil strife and international condemnation…

[G]iven leadership and determination, Israelis and Palestinians can still reach a two-state solution and that the dangers for all parties in the alternatives still outweigh the challenges of reaching a peace settlement.”

Statement to the House of Lords Grand Committee on the Subject of Israel and Palestine,, Mar. 5, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, House of Lords Works of Art Committee, June 2014-present
  • Member of Parliament, House of Lords, Oct. 2, 2000-present
  • Honorary Fellow, Christ’s College Cambridge, 2005-present
  • Lord Chamberlain, Her Majesty’s Household, Oct. 2. 2000-Oct. 2006
  • Privy Counsellor, 1986-present
  • Governor, Gibraltar, 1997-2000
  • Vice Chancellor, University of Buckingham, 1992-1997
  • Member, Treasury and Civil Service Committee, Mar. 1991-Mar. 1992
  • Member, Treasury and Civil Service Sub-Committee, Mar. 1991-Mar. 1992
  • Member of Parliament, House of Commons, 1971-1992
  • Minister, Privy Council Office, Sep. 1985-July 1990
  • Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, June 1983- Sep. 1985
  • Member, Home Affairs Committee, Nov. 1982-June 1983
  • Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sep. 1981-Apr. 1982
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, May 1979-Sep. 1981
  • Graduated, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge
  • Graduated, Wellington College
  • Chair, Courtenay Stewart International, 1975-1979
  • Member, Procedure Committee, June 1976-Nov. 1978
  • Chair, Selenex Ltd, 1973-1979
  • Chairman, IFA Consultants Ltd, 1972-1979
  • Director, National Innovation Centre, 1968-1971
  • Former Marketing Manager, Spirella Company of Great Britain
  • Brand Manager, Gallaher Ltd., 1963-1965
  • District Officer, Overseas Civil Service (Kenya), 1960-1962
  • Service member, National Service (Cyprus), 1955-1957
  • Title is Baron Luce
  • Full title is The Rt Hon. the Lord Luce KG GCVO DL
  • Member of the Crossbench Party
  • Knighted in 1991
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?