Gershon Baskin was in Atlanta on March 1-2, 2007 where he shared his views the questions if Is an Israeli-Palestinian permanent peace agreement feasible in one year? at Oglethorpe University and Will the promise of two states for two peoples be kept? at the Southern Center for International Studies.
Gershon met with Michael Rabkin, the Executive Director of Hillel at Emory University and the columnist Jan Jaben Eilon who writes for InterConnect Publications, ShareWIK Media Group and Womenetics.com
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.