Monthly Archives: March 2014

Israel’s bridge to Hamas

Gilad Shalit and Gershon Baskin

While Dr. Baskin was at a U.N. conference on Palestine in Cairo, a few months before Sgt. Shalit’s capture, Mohammed Megdad, who is an economics professor from Gaza and a member of Hamas, approached Dr. Baskin, as he wanted to meet an Israeli, something he had never done. read more

The Qatar channel between Gaza and Israel

Khaled Meshaal

Gershon Baskin and senior Hamas member Ghazi Hamad established a relationship that emerged out of necessity because there were no other options. That private channel succeeded when all others failed and the channel has continued to operate, even after the Shalit deal was reached, particularly when it became necessary to relay messages rapidly between the two parties to avoid military escalation. read more

Gershon Baskin believes that 3,000 Members Of Hamas’ Elite Fighting Forces Prepared To Carry Out Suicide Attacks Against Israelis

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades is the military wing of the Palestinian Hamas organization.

Gershon Baskin claims that before the ground operation began the Hamas fighters were all instructed to go to their families and say goodbye with the intent that they would not be returning alive from this battle, as they believe that they are dying in the name of God; in the name of Allah; in the name of Islam; in the name of Palestine; and they do it with honor. read more