At the First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, a community of worship, witness, inquiry and care, Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora shared their ideas about Middle East Peace.
First Baptist Church is a diverse and open community of Christians who strive to mature in discipleship and deepen our individual devotion to God. The people of First Baptist Church seek to love God with heart and soul, mind and strength. We worship together in a spirit of reverence and joy, study together with reasoned and reflective faith, work together for peace and justice, and cherish individual freedom as we welcome believers from all traditions.
Gershon is an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process and the founder and director of IPCRI, the Israeli-Palestinian Public Policy Institute. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis of which 280 were sentenced to life in prison for planning and perpetrating various attacks against Jewish targets that resulted in the killing of 569 Israelis in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit. Gershon is actively involved in research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, environmental security, political strategy, peace education, economics, culture and in the development of affordable solar projects with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.