While I applaud the sentiment that Israelis and Palestinians are closely connected, what struck me the most is his characterization of himself, as if being a Jew means automatic support of Netanyahu's policies, regardless of how misguided they may be.
Despite the current violent unrest in Israel that is not yet a third intifada, I came away thinking that as hopeless as it too often seems, against all odds, there's still a solution to be had, still time for the sides to sit down at the table and make a deal. But not much.
Faced with a foreign policy question of the utmost gravity, the GOP has turned our relationship with Israel into a weapon of partisan warfare no different than abortion or guns. This, quite simply, is reprehensible as a matter both of national security and simple morality.
Netanyahu should not have been hosted and feted in Washington, he should have been called out by policy makers for his behavior. Until that occurs, nothing will change. Palestinians will remain invisible victims, denied their rights, and peace will remain as elusive as ever.
Clinton and other American politicians continue to urge a return to Oslo's failed paradigm and to pander to a dwindling segment of Americans who are die-hard supporters of Israel's right wing.
Our trip to Israel and Jordan had been in the works for a year. Who knew back when we planned it that we'd arrive in the middle of an escalation of violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israelis that many feared would turn into a third intifada?
After over a 100 years this conflict is still defined by its original clash of two narratives.
The longer this conflict goes on it becomes easier for radical elements to become strengthened and increase in numbers, while at the same time it allows for a spiral downward drawing the two sides further apart. The present violence is but another reminder that the status quo can not hold.
A conflict over land can be settled by dividing the land -- but a clash of cultures can only end in absolute victory for one side and total defeat for the other. Thus, Netanyahu offers a prognosis for endless conflict.
There are six fundamental reasons that explain why the present geopolitical environment is conducive for the resumption of peace negotiations and why outside constructive intervention has become sine qua non to reaching an equitable peace with security.
What Israel needs now is a new approach -- one that does not involve any physical risk of actual withdrawal, but still demonstrates to Israelis, Palestinians, and to the world at large that Israel intends to separate from the Palestinians and carry out the UN mandates of two states.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama at the White House on Monday in his first trip back to Washington after an unsuccessful campaign to block the Iran nuclear deal.
Instead of Netanyahu repenting for what he has done and now agreeing to support the deal, the chutzpah-filled leader of Israel will seek new military weaponry from the U.S. and Obama has already made clear that he will be agreeing to new advanced military weapons.
For over two decades, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been playing us for fools--a role we have filled to the detriment of our national honor and the cause of peace.
By now, President Obama recognizes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bullish, self-centered, and two-faced approach to politics; however, as they meet next week in Washington, can the U.S. really afford to turn a blind eye to his latest attempts to win support among right-wing voters?
America and Israel have far more in common than the critics care to mention. Next week -- when the leaders shake hands -- it will be an opportunity to remind the world of the shared interests that bind the two nations.