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

William J. Bennet, PhD, JD Biography

Title:
National Radio Show Host
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“First…we should not put any pressure on Israel (a democracy) that it believes it cannot handle in negotiating with those who show very little respect for democracy. Second, we should require a signed affidavit — in English and Arabic — from Yasser Arafat declaring that foreign policy, peace negotiations, and security are under the sole bailiwick of the prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas. Third, Abbas needs to make guarantees to the settlers in what will become the Palestinian state: At a minimum, they should be given the choice of where they want to vote — in Israel or in Palestine. Arabs in Israel-proper, after all, vote for and serve in the Israeli parliament. Fourth, Abbas needs to cleanse all official maps, and all state-sponsored schoolbooks, of the lie that his state, proposed or otherwise, encompasses Israel in toto…

Finally, the United States has a moral and legal obligation to maintain its embassy and ambassador in Jerusalem. That sentence comes from the 2000 Republican-party platform. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”

“Moral Clarity and the Middle East,” National Review, July 22, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • National Radio Show Host, “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America”
  • U.S. “Drug Czar,” 1989-1990
  • U.S. Secretary of Education, 1985-1988
  • Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1981-1985
  • Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute
  • Co-Founder and Chairman of K12
  • Chairman of Americans for Victory over Terrorism
  • Co-chairman of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America with former New York Governor Mario Cuomo
  • Named the “leading spokesman of the Traditional Values wing of the Republican Party,” New York Times, Apr. 2005
Education:
  • PhD, University of Texas, Philosophy
  • JD, Harvard University
  • BA, Williams College, Philosophy
Other:
  • None found