Date(s) - Monday, February 13, 2012
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College
2 Webster Ave
Gershon Baskin, Ph.D., was the initiator and the person responsible for the secret back channel between Israel and the Hamas that successfully negotiated the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilead Schalit. He is the founder and co-director for 24 years of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) in Jerusalem. Dr. Baskin is an author and columnist for Jerusalem Post, a radio talk show host on All for Peace Radio, and has served as advisor to two Israeli Prime Ministers on peace process issues.
Can Israelis and Palestinians ever live in peace?
Can Palestinians make peace amongst themselves?
What role do secret talks play in solving these issues?
Twenty years of peace processes between Israelis and Palestinians have proved futile. Irreconcilable differences clog the channels of diplomacy. The Palestinian house is divided into two separate regimes. A right-wing religious government rules Israel. The United States is occupied with the upcoming presidential election and Europe is focused on recovery from financial collapse, leaving Israel and Palestine alone to achieve peace. Can the two parties do it by themselves?
Founder and Chairman of the joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank, ICPCRI – Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information, Dr. Gershon Baskin attempts to uncover the answers to these questions and discloses information about his role as initiator and conductor of the secret back channel of negotiations between the Government of Israel and the Hamas to free kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Schalit after more than five years in captivity.
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