Hamas Party Leader, selected as Palestinian Prime Minister (disputed)
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"If Israel withdraws to the '67 borders, then we will establish a peace in stages...Number one, we will establish a situation of stability and calm which will bring safety for our people -- what (Hamas founder) Sheikh (Ahmed) Yassin called a long-term hudna (truce)...If Israel declares that it will give the Palestinian people a state and give them back all their rights, then we are ready to recognise them."
Ismail Haniya in the The Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2006
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:
Hamas government was disbanded by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas after Hamas's June 2006 violent takeover of Gaza
Hamas formally nominates Haniya for Palestinian Prime Minister after victory in the Palestinian Legislative Council, 2006
Nominated as Palestinian Prime Minister, Feb. 2006
Selected to head the Hamas party in the Palestinian elections, Dec. 2005
After Sheikh Yassin's assasination, Haniya assumes a top leadership role in Hamas, 2004
Assistant to Sheikh Ahmad Yassin (Hamas' spiritual leader), 1997
Appointed Dean of the Islamic University, 1993
Deported to southern Lebanon along with 400 other Hamas activists, 1992
Jailed by Israeli government for role in the first intifada (uprising), 1989-1992
Joined the Islamic Student Bloc (precursor to Hamas) at the Islamic University of Gaza, 1983
BA, Arabic Literature, Islamic University of Gaza, 1987