Gershon Baskin shares his ideas about the fate of the people of the Jewish faith living in areas that are not on the Israeli side of the Armistice Demarcation Lines established on April 3, 1949 between Israeli forces and Jordanian-Iraqi forces.
Gershon Baskin, Co-CEO, IPCRI; Hanna Siniora, Co-CEO, IPCRI; Yossi Alpher – bitterlemons.org; Collette Avital – Former MK, Labor Party; Hagit Ofran – Settlement Watch, Peace Now and Shaul Goldstein – Mayor, Gush Etzion share their ideas about the fate of the people of the Jewish faith living in areas that are not on the Israeli side of the Armistice Demarcation Lines established on April 3, 1949 between Israeli forces and Jordanian-Iraqi forces.
The meeting began with Yossi Alpher, who talked about previous discussions between settlers and Palestinians about the possibility of the settlers remaining on Palestinian land in the West Bank. He also discussed the practical value of allowing a number of settlers to live in the West Bank under Palestinian law.
Colette Avital talked about how members of the Knesset proposed a law in the mid 2000s to offer payment to settlers who wished to return to Israel Proper.
Hagit Ofran talked about the ideological composition of the settlement population and suggested that most will leave, a few might stay, and a few may need to be removed. She also highlighted that many settlements were built on Palestinian land.
Shaul Goldstein emphasized his belief that the land is Jewish and that most settlers should and will stay in the West Bank, but not if they have to accept Palestinian citizenship.
Hanna Siniora responded to Mr. Goldstein and demanded that he provide a proposal for how Palestinians can be equal if they do not have national sovereignty or voting rights in Israel.
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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.