Last updated on: 2/2/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Robbie Sabel, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Former Legal Advisor to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“As the current negotiations with Israel show signs of a crisis, the Palestinian leader and negotiators repeatedly threaten to renew their bid for membership in the UN and other international agencies… The instinctive Israeli reaction is negative, claiming that such a Palestinian move will amount to violation of the Oslo Accords… Notwithstanding its concerns it might be worthwhile for Israel, and maybe the US, too, to consider taking the initiative and supporting the State of Palestine’s accession to the UN. True, it will be a state with no permanent borders and a self-declared capital, with major issues such as the refugees still unresolved. It will not, however, be much different from its neighbor Israel in this respect… such a move will turn the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into just one of close to 200 international disputes on territories and borders. Jerusalem, security, refugees and mutual recognition of their national status will still have to be negotiated, but that will be carried out by two legally equal entities.”

Cowritten with Oded Eran, “Recognizing a Palestinian State – Israel Should Move First,” Jerusalem Post, Apr. 9, 2014

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of International Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Vice President, International Law Legislation Committee, Israel Bar Association
  • Litigating Attorney, G. Reubinoff Law Office, Jerusalem
  • Defense Counsel, Israel Civil Service Disciplinary Court
  • Legal Advisor, Israel Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 1985-1993
  • Former Counselor for Political Affairs, Israel Embassy, Washington, DC
  • Former Appointed Israel Ambassador to Canada
  • Former Coordinator for Combating Worldwide Anti-Semitism, Israel Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Former Deputy Director General for Disarmament and Arms Control, Israel Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Education:
  • PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • LLM, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • LLB, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Other:
  • Born in 1941
Quoted in:
  1. Is Israel an Apartheid State?
  2. Should the Israeli Fence/Wall Exist?