Last updated on: 10/7/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Gershon Baskin, PhD Biography

Title:
Israeli Co-Director and Founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“There is only one solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if ‘solution’ means ending the conflict, and that is two states for two peoples. This is axiomatic [self-evident/unquestionable] because this conflict is between two national movements which have proven their willingness to fight, die and kill so that each could have a territorial expression of their identity. Each side is fighting for a land they can call their own, on which they express their identity, and through which their identity is expressed. Both movements are fighting over the same piece of land. The option of one united peaceful state with a homogenized identity – the United States of Israel-Palestine – is not real because neither side wants a homogenized identity; both sides are willing to continue to fight, with even more passion and venom so that the one state takes on their own identity.

When I meet Israelis and Palestinians who advocate the so-called ‘one state solution, as soon as I dig below the nice slogans, what I find is that the Israelis are talking about a Jewish state with a large Arab minority and the Palestinians are talking about a Palestinian state with a large Jewish minority. Neither side of the so-called ‘one-staters’ is really willing to give up its dream of the territorial expression of its identity.

So like it or not… we do not have a choice – there has to be a two-state solution, and obviously the longer we procrastinate in making the hard decisions, the more difficult it will be.”

“The One and Only Solution,” gershonbaskin.org, Aug. 12, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Chairman, Board of Directors, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, Jan. 2012-present
  • Israeli Co-Director and Founder, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum
  • Board Member, ALLMEP-Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Editorial Board Member, Palestinian Israeli Journal
  • Board Member, OneVoice
  • Member, Israeli Council for Peace and Security
  • Founding Chairman, Kehilat Kol Haneshama Synagogue, Jerusalem
  • Columnist, Jerusalem Post Newspaper
  • Recipient, Ordine Della Stella Solidarieta Italiana
  • Recipient, Search for Common Ground Journalist Award for Middle East Journalism, 2005 and 2007
  • Recipient, Turkish Foreign Policy Institute Peace Prize, 2004
  • Recipient, Tribute of Honor and Courage, World Movement for Democracy, 2004
  • Former radio host, All for Peace Radio
Education:
  • PhD, International Affairs, University of Greenwich
Other:
  • Member, Jerusalem Experts Committee, 2000-2001
  • Recipient, Histadrut Prize for Peace, 1996
  • Speaks Hebrew, English, and Arabic
  • Twitter handle: @gershonbaskin
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?