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John V. Whitbeck
John V. Whitbeck was born in 1946 in New York City. In 1976, his law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell, sent him on a two-year assignment to its Paris office. He never returned, becoming deeply involved with the Middle East and particularly with trying to help to achieve peace with some measure of justice for the Palestinians. He was in Madrid in October 1991 to contribute ideas for the Palestinian speeches delivered at the conference which launched the "peace process," in Cairo in April/May 1994 as a legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team which negotiated the Gaza/Jericho Withdrawal Agreement (the first "post-Oslo" agreement) with Israel and near Camp David in July 2000, when the "peace process" effectively ended, to be available to provide legal advice on any documents which emerged from the Arafat/Barak/Clinton summit. (None did.) Since 1988, his articles on behalf of Middle East peace have been published more than 450 times in more than 70 different Arab, Israeli and international newspapers, magazines, journals and books, including, in the American press, in the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, the Dallas Morning News, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Middle East Insight, Middle East Policy, The Nation, the Washington Post, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and the Washington Times.

Entries by John V. Whitbeck

Partitioning the 'Two-state Solution'

(113) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Words matter. They shape perceptions and understanding, both of past and present events and of future possibilities, and, thereby, can shape future events.

The UN General Assembly's vote of November 29 overwhelmingly recognizing Palestine's "state status" and President Mahmoud Abbas' decree of January 3 absorbing the former...

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The State of Palestine Exists

(75) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 10:25 AM

On January 3 Mahmoud Abbas, acting in his capacities as President of the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, signed "Decree No. 1 for the year 2013." While he did so with minimal ceremony or fanfare, and while the change...

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The World Has Spoken

(5) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 10:21 AM

The UN General Assembly has now voted, by 138 votes to 9, with 41 abstentions and 5 no-shows, to recognize the existence as a state "of the State of Palestine on the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967."

The "no" votes were cast by Israel, the United States, Canada, the Czech...

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The West Should Accept Palestine's Right to Exist

(59) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 10:00 AM

The votes of the United States and other Western states on Palestine's application for a United Nations status upgrade from "observer entity" to "observer state," which will be voted on by the General Assembly today, will be absolutely critical to keeping alive the current slim hopes of achieving peace in...

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A Plan to Recover Momentum for Palestine

(382) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 10:11 AM

There was visible and audible euphoria at the UN General Assembly in September when President Mahmoud Abbas announced Palestine's application for UN membership, at UNESCO's Paris headquarters in October when Palestine was admitted as a member state and at UNESCO again in December when the Palestinian flag was formally raised...

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