Last night an Israeli, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, was shot and killed by Palestinians. He was the father to six children. Yes, he was a settler, he was also a human being who had the right to live. He too was another senseless victim of this conflict. We all have too much pain and too much suffering.
I have spent my life bringing Israelis and Palestinians together to think and learn together how to end this conflict, how to build partnerships, how to cooperate and how to live in peace. We have failed until now, but we have the ability to learn from our errors. We have the ability to make peace.
That is the central message of my new book. It details the journey I have been taking and the lessons I have learned and the insights that I have to offer. I really want people to read it.
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.
Latest posts by Gershon Baskin (see all)
- Existential Realities - January 11, 2018
- Egypt will never agree to swap land – Who is living in La La Land? - January 11, 2018
- More Deaths, More Victims – Enough - January 10, 2018