The Middle East a scary place these days. Threats are real and the safety and security of the region and the world are at risk. Groups like Al-Qaeda (Army of Islam including Jaysh al-Islam / Tawhid / Jihad Brigades; Doghmush, Abu Qatada, Azzam Brigades, Jund Ansar Allah, Fatah al-Islam, Jaljalat, Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad fi Filastin); Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade; Hamas (including the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades); Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna, Ansar al-Islam, Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (including the Al-Quds Brigades), The Popular Resistance Committees, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) (including Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades and Jihad Jibril Brigades) as well the legacy of Iran, Syria and Iraq all contribute to the situation. 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. Gershon Baskin’s political, educational and military backgrounds give him a unique perspective for assessing the key challenges of sustainable peace, international diplomacy and environmental security.
This is an opportune time to invite Gershon to your community to speak about these and other issues.
The Trump Administration and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
The policies of the Trump Administration regarding the Israeli Palestinian conflict are unclear at best and totally unpredictable. In this presentation, Gershon will examine the possible policy options facing President Trump and his advisers and possible outcomes of their choices. Gershon Baskin will focus on how the situation in Israel and Palestine is connected to the war and suffering in Syria and the strengthening of Egypt and Jordan. He will touch upon the need of continuing to assist the Palestinian, mainly the private sector, in order to build a more secure Palestinian economy. Gershon will share his ideas on how President Trump should take a strong stand on radical Islamic terrorism, against Al-Qaida and against ISIS in order to help to create a more secure Middle East and a more secure world. He will discuss how unilateral actions of either side that could make the process of reaching agreements more difficult, and will share his perspectives of Jerusalem related issues.
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In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine
Geshon Baskin’s new book In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine (published by the Vanderbilt Univ. Press) details his 40 years of intensive pursuit of peace. Gershon was involved in creating & directing the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence and founding and co-directing the only joint Israeli Palestinian public policy think & do-tank in the world. During the many cycles of peace negotiations, Gershon Baskin has served not only as an trusted adviser to many of the regions leaders, but also as a radical agitator advocating a sustainable peace. In the book, Gershon Baskin reveals how relations in the Middle East are based on justified fear, influenced by lack of human contact and reinforced by continued violence that solidify patterns of thinking and behavior that negatively influence public policies. Dr. Baskin shares his life experience and wisdom in transforming the sustentation of the conflict to breaking out of animosity and turning a new page. What the parties in conflict say and do are mutually influential and reinforcing in keeping the parties in conflict.
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The Secret Conduit to Freedom – The Story of the Secret Negotiations between Israel and the Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement
A long line of diplomats and intelligence officers from Egypt, Germany, France, Turkey and other countries tried for more than five years to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas that would free the abducted soldier Gilad Schalit. In his presentation, Gershon Baskin describes in detail his first hand experience in initiating and establishing the secret direct channel of talks that he held with the Hamas since the first week after Schalit’s abduction on June 25, 2006. He shares how he initiated the breakthrough in negotiations by opening a channel of communication between the Hamas and David Meidan, the Mossad officer appointed by Prime Minister Netanyahu to bring Schalit home after years in captivity. Gershon focuses on the conditions that enabled the deal to be reached, how the deal was closed, the dilemmas involved, and the lessons that need to be learned from the ordeal.
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Rising Challenges from the Middle East
With Iran on the verge of deploying nuclear weapons, Al-Qaeda global militant Islamist organizational becoming more active throughout the region, the ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Syrian Ba’ath Party government and those seeking to oust it and the ever changing political and security situation in Egypt, the world stands at a critical moment in Middle East affairs. Gershon Baskin discusses the impact of these challenges for the Peace process in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the international geopolitical landscape. He describes the numerous effects on human security, environment, energy, security, business, and the evolving geostrategic situation. When it comes to understanding the range of both benefits and risks, few are as knowledgeable than Gershon Baskin to furnish comprehensive observations and honest assessments.
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Peace process in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
The peace process in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has taken shape over the years despite the ongoing violence which has prevailed since the beginning of the conflict. Since the 1980’s Gershon Baskin has been on the forefront of efforts to research and develop the terms upon which a viable peace can be agreed to in both the Palestinian–Israeli conflict and the broader Arab–Israeli conflict. In his dynamic presentation Gershon focuses on the numerous failures and success of the process, sharing the valuable lessons learned from his years of first hand experience as the advisor to leaders of both sides of the conflict. Asking “Is Israeli-Palestinian peace still viable? Is the two-states for two-peoples option still alive?” Gershon discusses proposals/plans that could have changed the course of history and shares his candid insights on how to run/not run a peace process, including his own list of do’s and don’ts of peace negotiations. He spotlights the lessons that can be easily adopted and applied in other conflict settings including an examination of the difference between Good/Bad agreements and Good/Bad implementations and the difficulties in applying negotiations theory to actual negotiations. Gershon debates the roles of third parties in monitoring, verification and treaty enforcement and discusses international engagement including the need/not need for international mediators and negotiators. In the light of the current intense and indirect three-way diplomacy between representatives of Hamas, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority; intra-Palestinian reconciliation talks and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry initiatives, Gershon will share his recommendations as to the efficacy of interim processes with long term goals, how to succeed in the current stage of the process, and what we can learn from other conflicts and peace processes. When it comes to understanding the complexities of the Middle East, few are as experienced as Gershon Baskin to impart expert insights and candid appraisals of the situation. Gershon focuses on the numerous failures and successes of the process, and the valuable lessons learned from his years of first hand experience as an advisor to leaders of both sides of the conflict.
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Environmental Policy and Sustainable Peace in the 21st Century
With the latest data and innovations, Gershon Baskin confronts environmental issues facing the planet and their impact on Middle East civilization that both conveys valuable information while stimulating audiences to think and act differently. Gershon discusses his personal experience in developing affordable solar generated electricity in the Middle East, Rwanda, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Romania. Arguing that the environmental changes in our planet influence both local and global economies, he encourages audiences to consider the integration of environmental, social and political issues in developing international relations. Gershon talks about the need for commitment to enact policy mechanisms concerning environmental issues and sustainability that will prevent harmful effects on the biophysical environment and natural resources. He discusses numerous aspects of air and water pollution, solid waste management, biodiversity, ecosystem management, maintenance of biodiversity, the protection of natural resources, wildlife and endangered species. He focuses on comprehensive attempts to unify environmental security together with societal, economic and political security, arguing that neither of aspects is attainable in the long run without synergy between each other.
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Topics of recent presentations of Gershon Baskin
A First-hand assessment of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
A viable two-state solution to the conflict in the Middle East
After Gaza: Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?
After the Annapolis Peace Meeting: What Now? An Israeli and a Palestinian Analyst Speak
An insider’s guide to what just happened in Gaza
Are there partners for any genuine Israeli Palestinian peace process?
Building Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians
Building Unlikely Bridges Between Israel and Palestine: From the Schalit Deal to the Big Deal
Can Israel be both Jewish and democratic?
Can the international community do something positive to assist in bringing the Israeli-Palestinian relationship to a better place?
Complex realities that are often difficult to understand
Developments in the Internal Palestinian Dialogue – Are there real chances for a National Unity Government?
Difficult Dialogues: Israel-Palestine Peace Prospects
Evening with Gershon Baskin
Everything you always wanted to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but thought was too stupid to ask
Everything you wanted to know about the Israeli Palestinian conflict but were too embarrassed to ask
Freeing Gilad Schalit From Hamas
Freeing Gilad Schalit: Negotiating with Israel and Hamas
Freeing Gilad Schalit: The Secret Back Channel
Hamas, ISIS, Hezbollah, Iran, Palestine and Israel
How can all the issues be resolved: Security, Jerusalem, Refugees, Water, etc.
How does the nuclear deal with Iran impact Israeli-Palestinian relations?
How is Israeli-Palestinian peace possible?
How is Peace in Israel, Palestine and the Middle East Possible?
How the pieces of the puzzle could possibly be put together
How the U.S. can help forge Mideast peace
How to be Pro Israel and be Pro Peace
How to resolve issues such as Jerusalem?
Independent energy for an Independent Palestine – bringing to solar revolution to our neighbours
Insights on the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Negotiations
Is an Israeli-Palestinian permanent peace agreement feasible in one year?
Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible? Challenges, Obstacles and Hopes.
Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible? Obstacles & Opportunities
Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?
Is Israeli-Palestinian peace still possible?” -Reflections of a committed Israeli peace activist
Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Viable?
Is it possible to have peace with the Palestinians while the West Bank is ruled by Fatah and Gaza by Hamas?
Is Peace Possible? Gershon Baskin on Israel-Palestine
Is the two state solution still possible? What if it is not?
Is there any validity to the 2003 Arab Peace Initiative?
Is there hope for a renewed effort for peace?
Is there really a Palestinian partner – what’s happening on the Palestinian side?
Is there still a chance for Israeli Palestinian peace?
Is there still a viable two states solution?
Is two states for two peoples still a viable solution?
Israel & Hamas Peace in Today’s Middle East Geopolitics?
Israel Post-Elections: Is Israeli Palestinian Peace Still on the Table
Israel-Palestine Peace Prospects
Israel, Palestinians & Mid-East Prospects for the Two State Solution
Israel’s Direction Post-Election
Israel’s Outlook after Operation Protective Edge
Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: A First Hand Account From Both Perspectives
Issues, Obstacles, and Opportunities: Israel-Palestine Peace Prospects
Jerusalem in the Permanent Status negotiations – what can be done with the Old City and the Holy Places?
Living and (almost) Dying in the Backwaters of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Looking back on 2014: Did Hamas Win?
Making Israeli-Palestinian Peace Real: Water, Security, Refugees, Settlements & other Practical Obstacles to a Two-State Solution
Middle East 2020: Is the Comprehensive Settlement Possible?
Middle East Peace Cafe: Discussions on the Middle East
Myths and facts in the Israeli-Palestinian, Israeli-Arab relationship
Negotiating for Gilad Schalit’s Freedom: A Discussion with Gershon Baskin
Negotiating Freedom: Gilad Schalit & Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Negotiating With Hamas: What the man who negotiated Gilad Schalit’s release can teach us about Israel’s future
Non-governmental Solutions and challenges for Furthering a two-State Solution
Opening a Conduit with Hamas: Laying the foundations to release Gilad Schalit
Operation Protective Edge (Israel’s Summer War in Gaza): Winners, Losers, and Prospects for Peace with Gershon Baskin
Options and Consequences: Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives
Palestine/Israel and the Safety and Security of the region and the world
Palestinian-Israeli joint initiatives for peace: past, present and future perspectives
Pathways to Peace
Peace and the Two-State Solution
Peace in the Middle East and Progressive Judaism
Peace is Doable: Thinking About How to Save the Two-State Solution
Peace Pays Off
Peace Process in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
Pursuing Peace Together: Working for Reconciliation in the Holy Land
Removing Obstacles to Peace Between Israelis and Arabs
Rising Challenges from the Middle East
Scenarios and Models of the Middle East Settlement
Second Track Diplomacy and Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine
Securing Gilad Schalit’s freedom
Steps Forward In Jerusalem: Muslims, Christians and Jews engaging, learning and together building the Middle East public peace process
The “Peace” Business: Money and Power in the Palestine-Israel Conflict
The 20th Anniversary of the Oslo Peace Accord: What Went Wrong and What Are the Prospects for a Lasting Peace between Israelis and Palestinians?
The Chances for Israeli/Palestinian Peace Post Israeli Election
The Conduit to Freedom
The Conduit to freedom – the story of the secret back channel negotiations between Israel and Hamas for the release of Gilad Schalit
The Conduit to Freedom: Sharing the Secrets that Freed Gilad Schalit
The contribution and achievements of civil society Track II efforts towards peace making
The current state of the peace process
The divided Palestinian political house – can peace be considered while Hamas continue to rule Gaza and seems to be growing in power?
The Environment & Middle East Peace
The History of the Arab Israeli conflict and what it means for peace possibilities in the future
The Israeli Elections: Implications for Netanyahu’s Fourth Term
The Israeli Palestinian Conflict & the New Middle East: Is Peace Possible?
The Israeli Palestinian Peace process: lessons learned from 22 years of failed agreements
The Israeli-Palestinian peace process – more of the same or is there reason for hope
The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: More of the Same or is There Reason for Hope?
The issues, the obstacles, and the opportunities ahead for peace in the Middle East
The Link Between Israel and Hamas
The Middle East is a scary place these days
The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas and Pursuing Peace
The Palestinian citizens of Israel: How to confront the reality of a Jewish nation-state with a large Palestinian-Arab minority
The pervasive sense pessimism and hopelessness in the Middle East
The possibility of a two states solution
The questions surrounding Israeli-Palestinian peace
The Secret Negotiations
The State of Israeli Palestinian Peace
The viability of a two state solution
The Viability of an Israeli-Palestinian Deal: Lessons of a Peace Activist
The war this summer – a discussion of the dilemmas facing Israelis and Jews
Threats: Real or UnReal?
Through the eye of political cartoons: Update on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, internal politics, society and culture.
Under the Same Sun
What answers does the Israeli peace camp have for the Jewish right wing?
What do we expect and need from the United States?
What if the two-state solution can’t work?
What impact could the International Criminal Court investigation have on Israel?
What is Hamas?
What is happening to the Israeli peace camp?
What is the Palestinian strategy?
What needs to happen for Peace in the Middle East
What Should the 614th Commandment Be?
What strategic choices are facing the leaders of Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, the US and others?
What went wrong in the peace process and what do we learn from that?
Where next for Israel and Gaza?
Will the Palestinians continue their moves against Israel in the International Criminal Court?
Will the promise of two states for two peoples be kept?
Yamim Noraim: Israel after Gilad Schalit
Dr. Baskin’s books The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas (English) and Freeing Gilad: The Secret Back Channel (Hebrew) details the story of an unprecedented secret communication channel between the Hamas and Israel that made a decisive contribution towards the release of Gilad Schalit.
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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.