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Susan Hattis Rolef, PhD Biography

Title:
Editor of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) website and Senior Researcher in the Knesset Research and Information Center
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“I believe that before bi-nationalism becomes feasible, we [Israelis & Palestinians] must both fully realize our separate nationalisms. Bi-nationalism cannot be imposed – it must be accepted voluntarily, and I do not believe either side will accept it voluntarily before each has fulfilled its full national aspirations.

At this stage I uphold the notion that ‘good fences make good neighbors.’ Only after we have become good neighbors can we start thinking about bringing down the fences. We must also learn to cooperate. Israelis must learn to view Palestinians as equal human beings, while Palestinians must stop viewing Israelis merely as oppressors. We must start to develop common interests, and these common interests must grow to be stronger than clashing interests.”

From a Roundtable Presentation on Bi-Nationalism, PASSIA, May 30, 2000

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:
  • Editor of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) website
  • Senior researcher in the Knesset Research and Information Center
  • Taught International Relations, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1969-1975
  • Regular Columnist at the Jerusalem Post, 1983-1994
Education:
  • PhD, Geneva Institute of International Studies, Geneva, 1970
  • BS, London School of Economics, Economics, 1965
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Judaism Compatible with Democracy?