“In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine” by Gershon Baskin- book review

Lord Hylton

published 2017 by Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville, Tennessee – 275 pages

I have known the author at intervals since about 1987.  Some of his claims may be exaggerated over Corporal Shalit.  I, nevertheless, respect his perseverance in search of a rational peace since he arrived in Israel in 1979.

His memories as a Zionist youth in United States, of living for two years in a Palestinian village in Galilee, also of the Israel Palestine Centre for Research and Information office, which was successively in East Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Tantur are interesting and enjoyable.  In chapter 19 he gives his ideas about Co-Facilitation from the opposite sides, followed by 12 lessons he has learnt from the defective, and now non-existent, peace process.

He concludes that the conflict is over territory and identity.  Separation and barriers are not the answer.

The US is not a satisfactory mediator but it could be helpful in implementing an eventual agreement.  The resolution will have to come from within the two peoples themselves.



3 comments for ““In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine” by Gershon Baskin- book review

  1. 07/03/2018 at 5:27 am

    I feel so abysmally “sorry”, Lord Hylton –
    amongst other deep concerns-
    that although the USA are still the only ones publishing and trying to implement – both in the USA and Internationally –
    the ” ‘No-Lose’ Method lll Cooperative Problem Solving” Thomas Gordon); the “peacefully-positive-revolution” (Edward de Bono);
    the “Worldwork Conflict Resolution” (the Mindells ‘Team’);

    and also still lead the “creative-human-development-world’ with very longstanding new findings by Prof WT Powers’s “Perceptual Self-Control” team, and by Prof Caroline Dweck’s “All-Round-Competent Mindset” team –

    you appear to have “thrown the baby out with the bath-water, in reporting to us that
    “The US is not a satisfactory mediator” –
    [maybe their “Trump Movement” with its millions-of-human-livings-guzzling “civil and military service” experts is reportedly not doing much “mediating”, however]

    [certainly the UK isn’t credible as a peace-builder,
    especially with its current “third-&-fourth-world countries debts-interest collection to the tune of 8 times more than the ‘foreign-aid’ we send back to those countries (being then ‘hoarded’ by UK ‘Banksters’);
    and also in UK’s more recently”economicly-successful” role as “Genocide-Weapons of Mass-Destruction and of and “Conventional-Warfare” Supplier and Supporter-to-Saudi Arabia”] …
    Let me ask you and your readers to glimpse http://lifefresh.net
    [a not-for-profit, power nor prestige e-site,
    paid-for by the UK taxpayer
    (who-pays-my-state-pension – for which I am grateful and contribute-some-back by telling the Public of both the Good advances in individual and collective human-development and the “Bad-goings-on” –
    both of which informations, knowledges and new-know-hows – both our governments and our universities are literally “hiding” and “denying” —

    (please at least ‘glimpse’ some of those real-human-peace-building advances -that are being avoided, neglected, and literally-thereby “suppressed” by our governments, universities, and ‘;general-publics’ – there are great lists of them also in http://www.lifefresh.co.uk ; and http://www.one-human-living.com ;

  2. maude elwes
    19/03/2018 at 4:11 pm

    It is not in Israel’s interests to seek peace. Unless that peace is complete subjugation and obedience by the Palestinian people. Along with the Syrians, etc.. So no book or any other kind of recording regarding this situation is going to change a thing. Except of course, the USA and the rest who bung that country billions each year to keep their military heart beating, stop doing it.

    That isn’t going to happen either, as, it is a political feeder in the Middle East that the globalists want to keep in their arsenal. In other words, it’s a no hoper.

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