Dr. Gershon Baskin feels that a deal is possible and both leaders must decide.
In February 2012, BICOM’s Director of Research Dr. Toby Greene and Senior Research fellow Professor Alan Johnson published a paper through the Foreign Policy Centre entitled ‘How do we create a future for the two state solution?’ They argued that a two-state outcome remained the only viable way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and emphasised the need for the international community to show resolve in finding ways to move towards it.
Since then BICOM has continued to explore the factors involved in the stalling of the peace process and how they might be overcome. We have heard from a range of experienced voices who agree on a two-state solution, but offer different approaches on how the deadlock might be broken.
Dr. Gershon Baskin, Ambassador Alan Baker (Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, former Legal Adviser to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former Israeli Ambassador to Canada. He was a member of the Israeli government’s Levy Committee on the legality of settlements which reported in July 2012) and Professor Asher Susser (Israel’s leading expers on Jordan and the Palestinians, having taught for over 25 years in Tel Aviv University’s Department of Middle Eastern and African History. His latest book, Israel, Jordan and Palestine, the Two State Imperative, was published in 2012) shared their “options” with BICOM
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.