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.
“Strategic thinking requires the ability to design a course of events, policies and decisions that create a different reality. Most people get stuck in the present and link onto the past, limiting their ability to imagine a different future. The reality that we have all known between Israel and the Arabs is debilitating, it stunts imagination and diminishes the ability to design policies that can change the conflictual basis of relations. . Those relations based on justified fear, influenced by lack of human contact and reinforced by continued violence solidify patterns of thinking and behavior that negatively influence public policies that end with sustaining conflict rather than breaking out of animosity and turning a new page. What the parties in conflict say and do are mutually influential and reinforcing in keeping the parties in conflict.”