Gershon Baskin is the founder and Co-Chairman of IPCRI - Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, dedicated to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of "two-states for two peoples" solution. He is a social and political activist and a researcher of the Israeli Palestinian conflict and peace process. Baskin is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post.
In July 2006, after Gilad Schalit’s abduction in Gaza he began unofficially, without governmental authorization or support, to open a back channel with Hamas. He became the unofficial intermediary between senior Hamas officials and Israeli envoy David Meidan. Baskin’s main interlocutor in Hamas was Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Ghazi Hamad. Baskin was involved in efforts leading up to Shalit's release for more than five years.