Yearly Archives: 2010

Reporting between the lines

Khaled Meshaal

Gershon Baskin wrote a letter to Khaled Mashal, the leader of the Islamic Palestinian organization Hamas. When Mohammed Najib attempted to deliver the letter to him, Mashal smiled and replied, ‘I’m not even allowed to touch it. I don’t accept letters from Israelis. It’s impure.’ read more

Construction Without Consensus


Gershon Baskin considers the resumption of West Bank construction a potential danger to Israel because it could prompt widespread international recognition of a Palestinian state outside the framework of a peace agreement. read more

Wanted: A progressive leader

Amram Mitzna and Mahmoud Abbas

This is a dynamic country with tremendous potential. Its achievements in its 62+ years are remarkable.Its democracy is vibrant and offers vast opportunities for citizens to affect public policy. This kind of positive attitude is the narrative we claim in our efforts to recruit a genuine groundswell of progressive support read more

Scenarios and Models of the Middle East settlement

Palestinian MP Sahar Qawasmi, center, is flanked by Vitaly Naumkin, director of the Center for Arab Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, at left, and Gershon Baskin, Israeli Co-Director and founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information International conference, at right, as they attend the first day of the international summit “Scenarios and Models of the Middle East Peace Settlement”, in La Valletta, Malta, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Lino Arrigo Azzopardi)

Gershon Baskin echoed his views regarding “The role of global and regional actors: separately or together?” and “Syria, Lebanon, Israel – what is next?” and shared his insights regarding “Problems and prospects for the Middle East settlement: is there a need for new ideas?” and “Israeli-Palestinian relations: is there any light at the end of the tunnel?” at the “Scenarios and Models of the Middle East Peace Settlement” conference, in La Valletta, Malta. read more