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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt Univ Pr (30 December 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826521819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826521811
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 785 g
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"Gershon Baskin is among Israel's most intrepid pursuers of peace. His book is not only a fascinating journey across the Jewish-Palestinian divide, it also provides that rarest commodity in these dark times: hope."
--Peter Beinart, author, The Crisis of Zionism

"Gershon Baskin, whom I have known for many years, is one of the outstanding originators of peace initiatives in our era. This is based on a deep belief in the qualities of human affinity, human dignity, and selflessness. He is a pluralist and recognizes that social behavior is essential to building peace through participation from the bottom up. Gershon promotes the art of conversation and listening, which in my mind is a major contribution to waging peace."
--His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

"I cross borders. I travel and meet people throughout Israel and throughout Palestine. With the exception of Gaza, which has been off-limits to Israelis since June 2007, I visit cities, towns, villages, and refugee camps throughout Palestine on a regular basis. Yes, I break the law in doing so. I am not afraid. I go and I listen and I talk, challenge, learn, and teach. I hear the same things from both sides: we want peace, but we have no partner on the other side."
--from Chapter One of In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine


"Many are those who have tried to mediate between Israelis and Palestinians in their over 150-year-old conflict. Considerably fewer are those who can point to concrete achievements, in addition to being considered honest and fair by all sides. Gershon Baskin, a long-time Israeli peace activist, is one of those precious few, having successfully mediated the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in 2011 in exchange for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. . . . Baskin approaches the conflict and its two sides in a very humane way, showing great respect for the sensitivities of both societies. In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine projects hope on every page, but it is not a naive hope. . . . It is also one of those books on the conflict that both the engaged public, including young students, and specialists can read and find interesting."
--H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences

About the Author

Gershon Baskin is the founder and current cochairman of Israel-Palestine: Creative Regional Initiatives (IPCRI, formerly Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information). He is a political and social entrepreneur focusing on renewable energy projects in the Middle East. He holds a PhD in international affairs from the University of Greenwich.

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