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

Yossi Alpher Biography

Title:
Founder and Co-Editor of Bitterlemons.net
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“[F]ailure of a two-state solution does not mean that the alternative is a one-state solution. Precisely because there is no such alternative, other options more readily suggest themselves, ranging from temporary conflict management to three states or entities. Nor does failure today mean that tomorrow we cannot try again to arrive at a two-state solution, which remains the best option for all.”

“One State Definitely Not An Option,” www.bitterlemons.org, Aug. 18, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Co-Editor, Bitterlemons.net, 2001-present
  • Author, “Hard Questions, Tough Answers” blog, PeaceNow.org
  • Author, “The Strategic Interest” blog, Jewish Daily Forward
  • Director, Political Security Domain (PSD), an independent NGO that constitutes the Israeli partner of Bitterlemons.net
  • Member, Executive Committee, Council for Peace and Security
  • Director, American Jewish Committee’s Israel/Middle East Office in Jerusalem, 1995-2000
  • Director, Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University, 1981-1995
  • Former senior official, Israel’s Mossad security services
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Alpher served as special adviser to Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak, concentrating on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in July 2000.
  • While at the Jaffee Center Strategic Studies, Alpher coordinated and coedited the JCSS research project on options for a Palestinian settlement, and produced “The Alpher Plan” for an Israeli-Palestinian final settlement.
  • Recipient of the American Jewish Press Association Simon Rockower Award for excellence in commentary in 2009
  • Bitterlemons.net is the web gateway to all Bitterlemons publications, including bitterlemons-api.org (Arab Peace Initiative), bitterlemons.org, bitterlemons-international.org, and bitterlemons-dialogue.org.