Gershom Baskin is an American-born Israeli having made aliyah in the 1970s, and is the co-founder of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), the only think tank in Israel devoted to the peace process that is run jointly by Israelis and Palestinians. He has extensive contacts in the PLO, including in Hamas, has been an advisor to Israeli Prime Ministers and Israeli security experts, and helped broker the latest cease-fire via cell phone between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

In reading his story (below in the Forward) I am reminded of what good one person can do when motivated by vision, passion, willfulness, commitment, chutzpah, courage, faith, and skill. Those committed to a two-states for two-peoples resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict need people like Gershom Baskin on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides more and more.