Last updated on: 10/2/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Yehiel Hilik Bar, MA Biography

Title:
Member of the Knesset for the Labor Party and Chair of the Knesset Caucus to Resolve the Israeli-Arab Conflict
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“[W]e, the Israelis, should recognize the Palestinian state, and then we should argue over the borders. Let’s name it and turn the ‘Palestinian entity’ into a state, and then we can enter into the stormy border negotiations. A political horizon and the two-state solution are both possible and achievable‚Ķ

Israeli recognition of Palestinian statehood will tangibly advance the two-state vision and will eliminate the dangerous one-state vision that extremists on the right and the left are advancing, among us and among the Palestinians. We have to be honest with ourselves. There is simply no option beyond a two-state solution that will preserve the Zionist dream. One state would be the end of the Zionist dream and it would eliminate the dream of the Palestinians to have a state of their own. With this, we would doom ourselves to perpetual conflict, a lose-lose situation.”

“Time to Recognize the Palestinian State,” Jewish Week, Jan. 6, 2015

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Knesset for the Labor Party
  • Chair, Knesset Caucus to Resolve the Israeli-Arab Conflict
  • Deputy Speaker, Knesset Bar
  • Secretary General, Labor Party, 2010-2013
  • Graduate, International Visitor Leadership Program, US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 2012
  • Senior Adviser, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, 2009-2010
  • City Council Member, Municipality of Jerusalem, 2008-2013
  • Director and Board Member, Prazot Government corporation, 2008-2013
  • Municipal Directorate Member, Municipality of Jerusalem, 2008-2013
  • Director and Board Member, Israel Convention Center, 2008-2013
  • Co-Manager, “Israel-Jewish Journey: The Jewish-Israeli’s Future and Choices,” 2007-2008
  • Member, General Assembly of the Jewish National Fund, 2006-2013
  • Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of National Infrasructures, 2004-2009
  • Member of the Executive Board, Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation, 2003-2010
  • Executive Director, Department for the Development of the Economy and Higher Education, Municipality of Jerusalem, 2003-2004
Education:
  • MA, International Relations, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2004
  • BA, International Relations and Political Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2001
Other:
  • Advisor to the Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Jerusalem, 2003-2004
  • Presidium alternate member, Zionist General Council, 2002-2013
  • Delegate, World Zionist Congress, 2002-2013
  • Graduate, American Counil of Young Political Leaders program, US Department of State, 2002
  • Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade, 2001-2003
  • Graduate, Peilei Tzibur program for social and public leadership, 2001
  • Assistant to the Minister, Ministry of Environment, 2000-2001
  • English teacher, 1999-2000
  • Former member, Jerusalem City Council
  • Former camper and camp counselor, HaNoar HaOved VeHeLomed (The Federation of Working and Studying Youth)
  • Captain, Israeli Defense Force
  • Former chairman, Ofek of the Labor Party, Hebrew University
  • Former chairman, national student organization of the Labor Party
  • Former chairman, World Youth of the World Labour Zionist Movement
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?