Gershon Baskin asks “Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?” at George Washington University.
Gershon spoke at Lindner Commons on the campus of The George Washington University in Washington
Dr. Gershon Baskin is the founder and chairman of the joint Israeli-Palestinian think-tank, IPCRI – Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information. Dr. Baskin will discuss the secret direct back channel of negotiations that he initiated and conducted between the Government of Israel and Hamas for the release of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Schalit who was held in captivity in the Gaza strip for over five years.
The Middle East Policy Forum presents a series of events that bring leading scholars, analysts, journalists, diplomats, and policymakers to campus to discuss current and emerging issues in the region.
Dr. Gershon Baskin speech was part of The Middle East Policy Forum and was presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.
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.