Past event

Research Event

Freeing Gilad Schalit: Negotiating with Israel and Hamas

Chatham House, London

International Security Department

Participants

Dr Gershon Baskin, Author, The Negotiator

Overview

On 25 June 2006, Israeli Defense Forces soldier Gilad Schalit was kidnapped by a group of Gaza militants. Over 5 years, deep animosity and distrust between Israel and Hamas thwarted any attempt at a prisoner exchange.

Dr Gershon Baskin played a critical role in the liberation of Gilad Schalit, acting as a mediator and eventually helping to secure the release of Schalit on 18 October 2011. He will draw on his new book, The Negotiator, and discuss his experiences.