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The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas and Pursuing Peace

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Date(s) - Sunday, March 9, 2014
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Barnert Temple
747 Route 208 South
Franklin Lakes

United States


Gershon Baskin is an American-Israeli peace activist who made it his mission to liberate Gilad Schalit. Acting on his own initiative and in no formal capacity, Baskin leveraged his ties to Hamas to create a secret back channel between the two sides. Through behind-the-scenes negotiations and clandestine meetings, nightly e-mails and frantic text messages, a great deal of persistence and no small amount of chutzpa, he succeeded where official mediators had failed, paving the way for the deal that ultimately brought Gilad home.

In October 2013 his book, The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas, was released in English by Toby Press. He is currently working on a new book with thirty years worth of stories from his behind the scenes work for peace.

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