Catherine Lewis Lecturer in Israeli Studies at University College London
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"World leaders need to understand the simple fact that creating a Palestinian state today would not end the violence. President Mubarak of Egypt admits this in private - as does King Abdullah of Jordan. From their perspective, however, the creation of a weak Palestinian state poses little short-term political threat to the strategic balance of the Arab world and satisfies the increasingly strong pro-Palestinian sentiment of their respective populations.
What they do not see is that a failed Palestinian state (for that is what it would eventually be) is as much a danger to their own positions as to Israel.
Prime Minister Sharon will no doubt have reminded President Bush of this point. At present, a two-state solution is no solution at all."
"Death of the Two-State Solution," United Press International, June 13, 2002
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:
Consultant for an Israeli politician for whom he undertakes studies in electoral behaviour
Catherine Lewis Lecturer in Israeli Studies, University College London, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Graduate Tutor and Director of the Centre for Israeli Studies
Conducting research into the Netanyahu government in Israel, and examining the effect of the changes in Israel's electoral system on the peace process
Served as an advisor to several leading Israeli politicians
Appears regularly on the BBC television, CNN, and radio discussing the Middle East peace process and other regional issues
Started a study comparing the peace processes in the Middle East and Northern Ireland (a subject he has also lectured in), 1999
PhD, Political Science, Durham University, U.K.
MA, Middle East Politics and Economics, Durham University, U.K.