Israel needs a fully functioning opposition

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) met with PA President Mahmoud Abbas. (photo credit:Ran Aharon)

Gershon Baskin believes that there is no credible alternative for Israel’s leadership is out there – only a slightly improved version of the original, which has proven to be a failure for almost 20 years now, marching Israel directly into the pandora’s box of bi-nationalism. read more

Secret back channels

Palestinians carry knives and daggers as they attend a military parade of members of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, to mark the 28th anniversary. (photo credit:MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)

Gershon Baskin believes that peace can only be reached through a negotiated agreement and that the only way to conduct successful Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is through a secret back channel. read more

In Memoriam: Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres, Minister of Regional Cooperation of Israel, left, applauds Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, right, as it is announced that Arafat is about to speak at the Davos World Economic Forum. Both took part in the forum on "From Peacemaking to Peacebuilding." Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski)

Gershon Baskin. during the years of the Oslo Peace Process (1994-1997), was an advisor to Prime Ministers’ Rabin and Peres special team on the Peace Process, where he reported directly to Peres on policies and negotiations with the Palestinians. read more

Inspiration, not slogans

US President Barack Obama addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Gershon Baskin believes that we must rid ourselves from the policies of separation which isolate Israel and in its stead adopt a vision of securing a future based on being part of our region, of cooperating with our neighbors for our mutual benefit. read more

Clear and measurable steps

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Gershon Baskin could easily propose a list of “if, then” statements, but he thinks that it is best left in the hands of the Russian conveners, and Netanyahu and Abbas, of course. If the meeting of the leaders does take place in Russia, or anywhere else, it is absolutely essential that it is not wasted solely for a photo-op, or worse – to prove, once again, that the other side does not want peace. Concrete steps with concrete outcomes must be the result of such a meeting. read more


ussia's President Vladimir Putin (right) embraces his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas after talks at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on March 14. Photo by REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Gershon Baskin thinks that the task of getting Netanyahu and Abbas to agree to anything is daunting, yet with very limited expectations, it might actually be possible to get the parties talking once again. read more