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

Yossi Beilin, PhD Biography

Title:
Member of Knesset and Chairman of the Meretz-Yachad party
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“I think that during the mid 90s Israelis and Palestinians experienced a glimpse of the atmosphere a peace agreement between the two peoples would create. Unfortunately, the cycle of violence that started on September 2000 undermined severely the trust between the two peoples. Nevertheless, I can tell the Palestinians and the Israelis that they should not give up hope. There is no real alternative to the two state solution that will bring peace and stability to our region. The two sides should not give up on their partners for peace but rather strengthen them.”

“Q&A with Yahad leader Yossi Beilin,” Ha’aretz, July 28, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member of Knesset and Chairman of the Meretz-Yachad party
  • Member, Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee; Internal Affairs and Environment Committee; Committee for Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs
  • Lead author of and signatory to the Geneva Accords
  • Former Member – Constitution, Law and Justice Committee; Committee on the Status of Women
  • Former Minister of Religious Affairs
  • Former Minister of Justice
  • Former Minister without Portfolio in the Prime Minister`s Office
  • Former Minister of Economics and Planning
  • Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Former Deputy Minister of Finance
  • Former Political Director General of the Foreign Ministry
  • Former Government Secretary
  • Former Labour Party Spokesman
  • Major contributor, negotiator, and architect of the Oslo Accords
Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, Tel Aviv University
Other:
  • Founder of the Economic Cooperation Foundation in Israel
  • Formerly of the “Alignment,” “Labour,” and “One Israel” political parties
  • Born in Petah Tikva, Israel, June 12, 1948