Last updated on: 9/22/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Shimon Peres Biography

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

“For Israel to remain a Jewish state, both morally and demographically, it needs a Palestinian state. Today, 4.7 million Jews and 4 million Arabs live between the Mediterranean and the River Jordan. Without two separate states, a binational state will come into being, to the great frustration of the two peoples.”

“Why Israel needs a Palestinian state,” Le Monde Diplomatique, 1998

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sworn in to serve as the Ninth President of Israel, June 13, 2007
  • After leaving the Labor party to join Kadima, served as Vice Premier, Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galillee from May 2006-June 2007
  • Vice Premier, Jan.-Nov. 2005
  • Deputy Prime Minister, 2001-2002
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2001-2002
  • Minister of Regional Cooperation, 1999-2001
  • Founder of The Peres Center for Peace, 1996
  • Chairman of Labor Party, 1996-1997
  • Prime Minister, 1995-1996
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1992-1995
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, 1988-1990
  • Foreign Minister, 1986-1988
  • Prime Minister, 1984-1986
  • Chairman of the Labour Party, 1977-1992
  • Acting Prime Minister, 1977
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Honorary President of the Socialist International, 1999
  • Founder: The Peres Center for Peace, 1996
  • Nobel Peace Prize, 1994
  • Peace Research Institute
  • Minister of Defense, 1974-1977
  • Minister of Transport and Communications, 1970-1974
  • Minister of Immigrant Absorption, 1969
  • Instrumental in forming a union between Rafi and Mapai [former Israeli political parties], giving birth to the Israeli Labour Party, 1967
  • Elected to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, 1959
  • Director General of the Ministry of Defense, 1953-1959
  • Head of Israel’s navy, 1948
  • Immigrated to Israel, 1934
Quoted in:
  1. Should Palestinian Refugees Have the Right of Return?