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Herzog-Abbas Accord Distorted by Press

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) met with PA President Mahmoud Abbas. (photo credit:Ran Aharon)

Gershon Baskin believes that the parties started their discussions prior to the decision to go to elections and continued during the campaign. When the agreement was reached, Abbas wanted to make it public, but Herzog refused. Herzog explained that his campaign managers and PR advisors anticipated a negative effect on his electability. read more

Gaza is on brink, says man who talks to Hamas

Gershon Baskin in London. January 2016

Gershon Baskin believes that if we had an Israeli partner who was willing to play along with the Arab Peace Initiative, we could throw the ball of Gaza over to the Arab League, and say ‘do what you did during the civil war in Lebanon’ – send in a multi-national force to disarm Hamas. read more

Two States for Two Peoples – 20 years after Oslo II: How to renew the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin makes the case for a new compact for Gaza: reconstruction for demilitarization. Gershon believes that you cannot resolve the problem by just throwing money at it. The reconstruction of Gaza is essential, but the Hamas isn’t the least bit interested in this. This was not what motivated them. It is very much an Israeli/Jewish mindset which says ‘let’s throw money at the problem and resolve it.’ read more