Obama must first and foremost reach out and directly address the general Israeli public and media. If he will not visit Israel, he must talk to Israelis directly through news outlets to disabuse those who still may have doubts.
Even if a film is critical of Israel, it is also an expression of the open character of our democracy. This is why I was astonished by the outrageous statement by Scandar Copti, an Arab Israeli director, that he does not represent Israel.
Even if the Taliban, al-Qaida and other madcap terrorists succumb to the Obama charm and fold their tents, it is unlikely that the president will be so lucky as to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle.
It's now been almost a decade since I joined the board of Seeds of Peace. I'm amazed at how little the camp has changed over all these years. My first leap into Pleasant Lake never fails to rejuvenate me.
On a recent trip to the Middle East I had the opportunity to meet with Israelis and Palestinians from all walks of life. What I saw reconfirmed the lack of political cohesiveness within both communities.