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Gershon Baskin’s strategic thinking and planning background give him a unique perspective for assessing the key challenges of sustainable peace, international diplomacy, environmental security and globalization in the 21st century. Hamas, ISIS, Hezbollah, Iran, Palestine – The Middle East is a scary place these days – threats are real and the safety and security of the region and the world are at risk. The complex realities are often difficult to understand and the sense of pessimism and hopelessness are too pervasive. The questions surrounding Israeli-Palestinian peace and the possibility of a two states solution are deeply debated. At your next event in addition the extensive list of speech topics, Gershon Baskin can share his insights on the following timely questions:
Can the international community backing the French Initiative bring Israel and Palestine back to the table?
Can the Israelis and the Palestinians be enticed to restart a peace process convened and advance by Egyptian President a-Sisi?
Could/should President Obama take a legacy step by supporting a new UN Security Council Resolution on Israeli Palestinian peace?
Can Israel’s leader Netanyahu and Palestine’s leader Mahmoud Abbas ever become partners for peace?
Is there even still a chance for a two states solution and if not then what?
What about Hamas? How can peace be possible with organizations like that?
Dismantling the Palestinian Authority?
Declaring Palestine and occupied state and calling for UN intervention?
A new intifada?
Jerusalem in flames?
Another Gaza war?
Is there still a viable two states solution?
Are there partners for any genuine Israeli Palestinian peace process?
What about the divided Palestinian political house – can peace be considered while Hamas continue to rule Gaza and seems to be growing in power?
How does the nuclear deal with Iran impact Israeli-Palestinian relations?
Is there any validity to the 2003 Arab Peace Initiative?
What strategic choices are facing the leaders of Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, the US and others?
Can the international community do something positive to assist in bringing the Israeli-Palestinian relationship to a better place?
What is the Palestinian strategy?
What is happening to the Israeli peace camp?
Is there hope for a renewed effort for peace?
Will the Palestinians continue their moves against Israel in the International Criminal Court?
What impact could the ICC’s investigation have on 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.