The plight of the people and the importance of the city should not be felt only by the Palestinians. Muslims, Christians and people of all faiths should heed the call and support the embattled city and its Palestinian population.
If anything, recent months saw Hamas move much more to the political center, accepting de facto an Israel based on the 1967 borders and agreeing to reach that goal through "popular struggle" rather than "military means."
"Ziara azima" (fabulous visit). This was the description Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave to the unexpected visit King Abdullah made to the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.
There is nothing in the history of Netanyahu and Abbas that would indicate that they have the fortitude to achieve a resolution of the conflict. Still, as we have seen in the case of Ireland, history is sometimes made by leaders who surprise us.
The Palestinian President has always maintained that he opposes an armed third intifada, as this in his opinion would lead to the slaughter of the Palestinians. What he did in New York this week was almost a civil intifada.
The Palestinian leadership is experiencing a unique situation. Its insistence on going to the UN to seek recognition for statehood despite pressure from Israel and the US is beginning to bear fruit at the local level.
Israel is worried. The protests have already led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, Israel's closest Arab ally. I met Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, for an exclusive interview at his office in Jerusalem.
When the strongest UN member state asks the weakest not-yet-state to do something, coercion is a good word to describe it -- particularly as the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority depends on U.S. aid for its existence.
The Palestine Papers help pave the way for two scenarios: The eventual establishment of a democratic, bi-national state or the PA continuing its push for international recognition of a Palestinian state.
If America joins the rest of the world in politically isolating Israel because of its refusal to adhere to international law, this will have a snowball effect that will most certainly lead to change in the Israeli political scene.