Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a CFR meeting

The Absence of Leadership

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Gershon Baskin believes that Israel’s most serious problem is its leadership crisis.

Netanyahu must go.

He is responsible for the destruction of any chance of a peaceful democratic nation state of the Jewish people

He incites against 21% of Israel’s citizens

He breeds and fosters hatred between left and right, between religious and non-religious.

He refuse to engage the Palestinian leadership because he knows he has nothing to offer them) don’t believe the lies of his calling on Abu Mazen to enter negotiations and that it is Abu Mazen’s fault that there are no negotiations – I know for a fact that this is a lie)

We have no serious opposition leadership in the country that can confront Netanyahu in elections and win.

Our opposition leadership is empty – Herzog-Livni present no real challenge and no alternative – the public doesn’t believe that they can deliver and they refuse to demonstrate that peace is a real option

Livni continues to blame Abu Mazen for the failure of the talks that she led when she knows very well that the talks were a charade (there were no negotiations at all from December 2013 – April 2014) and that Netanyahu’s man- Yitzhak Molcho prevented any real negotiations – even prevented putting a map on the table

Herzog continues to bad-mouth the Palestinian leadership rather than engaging them with a genuine peace plan

Lapid is an empty populist shell trying to gain votes on the ticket of Arab hating

Palestinian violence continues and will get worse without any political and economic change oin the ground

Settlements continue to grow and the occupation digs in deeper and deeper with each passing day

Hope is no longer in the offing

There are some potential leaders out there who have not yet stepped into the arena – what are they waiting for? The distance between where are are now and a serious chance of peace remains LEADERSHIP.

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin is one of the most recognizable names in the Middle East Peace process. His dedication to creating a culture of peace and environmental awareness, coupled with his impeccable integrity, has earned him the trust of the leaders of all sides of the century old conflict. Few people have such far-reaching and positive impacts on promoting peace, security, prosperity and bi-national relationships.
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.
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