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

Riyad al-Maliki, PhD Biography

Title:
Foreign Affairs Minister at the Palestinian National Authority
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“A binational state is a disaster… The position of the Palestinian Authority is to have a two state solution… and we have been fighting to have an independent Palestinian state next to the State of Israel. We want to live as an independent, sovereign state of Palestine next to the State of Israel. And we don’t want to be part of a state with Israel. A binational state is a disaster to Israel and it is a disaster to us.”

Oral presentation, The Peres Center for Peace, Mar. 29, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Foreign Affairs Minister, 13th Government, Palestinian National Authority, 2007-present
  • Professor and Civil Engineering Department Head, Birzeit University (West Bank), 1981-1996
  • Former Coordinator, Arab Program to Support and Develop Democracy
  • Former Minister of Information, Government Spokesperson, and Foreign Affairs Minister, 12th Government, Palestinian National Authority
  • Former Community Development Founder and Head, Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development (Panorama)
Education:
  • PhD, Civil Engineering, American University
Other:
  • Awarded the Italian Peace Prize (Lombardi) in 2005
  • Awarded the European Peace Prize in 2000
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?