The Middle East cease-fire is over, as are peace talks between Israel and Hamas.
The Israeli delegation left Cairo this morning, soon after the truce ended and rockets started flying back into Israel.
The Israelis are now responding with airstrikes in Gaza.
CEO and founder of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information Gershon Baskin has previously been involved in negotiations with Hamas, notably talks that led to the release of Gilad Schalit, an israeli soldier held in captivity for five years.
He joins CNN’s Jake Tapper to discuss next steps in this ongoing crisis.
Originally Published at http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2014/08/08/whats-next-for-israel-and-hamas/
Gershon Baskin is co-chairman of IPCRI, Israel-Palestine: Creative Regional Initiatives (IPCRI), formerly known as the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, a nonprofit think tank that combines research with peace-building actions and advocacy across Israel and Palestine. He is a columnist for The Jerusalem Post and the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel for the release of Gilad Schalit. His new book Freeing Gilad: the Secret Back Channel has been published by Kinneret Zmora Bitan in Hebrew, and The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas by The Toby Press.
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.