Gershon Baskin, speaking at the Solidarity Against Fascism event in Tel Aviv University, shared his insights about the current situation in Gaza.
Gershon Baskin began his presentation by stating that he “guesses” that he has logged more hours of discussion with the Hamas than any other Israeli, which makes him uniquely qualified to share his knowledge about the Hamas. Gershon claims that Ahmed Jabari, was a “Ben Mavet” a mortal human being who was not an angel or a devotee of peace. Gershon shared his feelings about the assassination of Jabari, and his gut feeling that “With Jaabari’s assassination, we have also assassinated the chances to reach a cease fire, and assassinated the ability of the Egyptian mediators to function. Immediately after the assassination, I spoke with the relevant people in Israel in a raging fury and with violent anger, and they responded “We have heard you”, and now they are calling me and asking me if I heard something from the Egyptians or from my contacts in Gaza.
Gershon Baskin reported that hours before the strike that killed Ahmed Jabari, Jabari had received a draft of a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and the negotiations had been conducted with the consent of Ehud Barak, and a week before the strike IDF officials had asked to be briefed on their progress, but permission for the briefing was denied.
Gershon related to the question “how after the collapse of the Hamas rule in Operation Pillar of Defense, and the ensuing “cease fire” we have reached the stage of numerous cease-fire violations where citizens on both side of the border are having to deal with the threatening, menacing and unbearable rule of the Hamas.” Gershon also related to the issue of Israeli responsibility over Gaza since the 2005 disengagement.
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