The conduit to freedom – the story of the secret back channel negotiations between Israel and Hamas for the release of Gilad Schalit

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Date(s) - Sunday, June 9, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

University of New South Wales


NSW 2052


The story of almost five and half years in which Gershon Baskin communicated with Hamas leaders in an attempt to bring Gilad Schalit home from captivity in Gaza. Those contacts eventually led to secret direct back-channel negotiations authorised by the Government of Israel and the Hamas leaders which led to the breakthrough that resulted in the prisoner exchange and Gilad’s return to freedom and home.

Gershon Baskin
Gershon Baskin was the initiator and the person responsible for the secret back-channel between Israel and Hamas negotiating the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilad Schalit. Gershon is the founder and co-chairman of the Israel/Palestine Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI), a joint Israeli – Palestinian public-policy think and “do”-tank located in Jerusalem. He served as an advisor on the Israeli – Palestinian peace process to a secret team of intelligence officers established by Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and was a member of the Jerusalem Experts Committee established by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office during the Final Status Negotiations in 2000-2001. Gershon holds a PhD and is a member of the steering committee of the Palestinian – Israeli Peace NGO Forum and several other like-minded organisations.
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