My two-year-old nephew Omar had been confined to a small apartment with six other screaming children and their families since Israel began its bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
Take a fabulist's trip with me to the American Civil War, and take a hard look at what victory and defeat mean when two opposite world views collide with force of arms.
Plato may have inadvertently summed up the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 2,500 years ago when he is thought to have declared: "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."
Prophet Muhammad is history's first major figure to condemn collateral damage in word and deed. His advanced rules of war established 1,400 years ago a yet unmatched humanitarian standard. And herein lies the solution to modern conflict.
It is true that Israel officially disengaged from the Gaza Strip in August 2005, withdrawing its ground troops and evacuating the Israeli settlements there. But the testimonies of Israeli army veterans expose the truth of that "disengagement."
Renewed regional and international attention requires Palestinians to step up and present a more unified position regarding the formulas that are needed to help provide a political answer to the violence.
While the timeline only represents a fragment of a conflict that stretches back to the turn of the 20th Century, in the 12-year period since 2000, an underlying asymmetry is revealed, allowing us to look past the headlines and hype, and focus instead on the hard data.
Netanyahu's goal is not a lasting peace based on two states. It appears that he has never surrendered the Revisionist Zionist goal of a Greater Israel, with an autonomous and pacified Palestinian population that submits to Israel's diktat. And, in his way of thinking, he's almost there.
The most recent war in Gaza has provided an opportunity on the field for Israel to test its new anti-missile system, the Iron Dome, and for Prime Mini...
A highly vital step is in progress aligning the people of the Middle East to a mindset more in sync with the modern world ranging from Asia, emerging Africa, Europe and the Americas whereby faith becomes a builder rather than a destroyer.
I've discovered that when I express anything that includes the phrase "both sides," I am branded as "close-minded" or "an idiot." In this current incarnation of the "Middle East problem," Americans are obligated to take sides. Make that, side. One side.
The only solution is the two-state solution, and the time for the United States to join the Arab League and European leaders to press for it is now.
Following the violent deaths of his daughters during the last war between Israel and Gaza-based Hamas, Izzeldin Abuelaish became more fanatical in his stubborn efforts to put his mark on the conflict.
Col. Richard Kemp is a brave and heroic soldier who has served his country with distinction, fighting terrorism around the world for over 30 years. He says that "during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in the combat zones than any other army in the history of warfare."
I am grateful I am alive because this past weekend, I was on the beach playing paddle-ball with my cousins in Tel Aviv when the air-raid sirens went off, which meant a missile was very possibly coming toward me.
In my recent campaign for Congress the issue of Gaza came up constantly. Firstly, because of the 2010 Gaza 54 letter in which select members of Congre...