Before the Summit started, I sat in my hotel room, willing myself to act braver than I felt and do the strange thing of attending a Jewish conference as a Muslim woman, committing to being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
It is high time for Congress to pass the pending agreements. This gesture will reinforce ties by broadcasting our country's ongoing commitment to the welfare of the Americas. Failure to vote approval will surely undermine friendly governments and trading partners and harm American interests.
The fury of the "pro-Israel" lobby lately has truly been something to behold. It has abandoned bipartisanship by setting up front organizations to run ads across the country calling on voters to oust Democrats.
The head of the AJC is all for building the center if it addresses some "concerns." It's like me saying that I will endorse Glenn Beck if he would just address my concerns about his right-wing politics.
I could not help but make a mental comparison between the remorseful way the German Federal Republic has reacted to the Holocaust and the Turkish government's incessant denials, lies and distortions of the Armenian Genocide.