Gershon Baskin believes that the only solution to the Israel Palestinian conflict is dividing the land between the river and the sea.
Gershon Baskin shares personal stories of growing up, of being Jewish, of a member of a Zionist youth movement, of being involved politically and of dedicating his life towards promoting peace.
The address was presented at the World Affairs Council of Houston in the Hilton Houston Post Oak in Houston Texas on Israel’s independence day on April 23, 2015.
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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.