Gershon Baskin, a Jewish peace activist, became the unlikely negotiator for Shalit's release. Credit Michal Chelbin and Oded Plotnizki for The New York Times

Peace is Doable: Thinking About How to Save the Two-State Solution

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Gershon Baskin presents his twenty-three year experience trying to advance peace on the basis of Two-States for Two-Peoples. He provides his understanding of the development of the conflict over the past two decades, and offers a detailed analysis of the current political climate in Palestine.

Dr. Baskin then explains how the Israeli occupation has distorted the balance of power in Palestine in a way that favors radicals, and presents a strategy for moving towards peace given this reality.

Recorded at the JStreet Conference

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Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin is one of the most recognizable names in the Middle East Peace process. His dedication to creating a culture of peace and environmental awareness, coupled with his impeccable integrity, has earned him the trust of the leaders of all sides of the century old conflict. Few people have such far-reaching and positive impacts on promoting peace, security, prosperity and bi-national relationships.
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.
Gershon Baskin