Indeed, Hamas' actions set back the cause of Israeli moderates. And Israel's actions set back the cause of Palestinian moderates. More salient to those of us in the United States, Obama's actions hurt both.
Anyone who thinks that there is a possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians is either delusional or just hasn't been paying close attention to that part of world for the last 65 years.
What was different about this most recent round of fighting, and this is where Tehran's pernicious influence is felt most acutely, is that Hamas was able to greatly expand the Israeli territory that it is capable of striking.
When the incoming missile attack siren sounded I was paralyzed. Some 50 feet from the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the world's holiest site for Jews, I was in the middle of a mass stampede.
The votes of the U.S. and other Western states on Palestine's application for a UN status upgrade from "observer entity" to "observer state" will be absolutely critical to keeping alive the current slim hopes of achieving peace in the Middle East.
One can't emphasize enough the unique ability media has to influence public opinion.
Should anyone feel a little stupid spending two hours writing raging diatribes about how the iPad Mini does not having a retina display? Probably.
We have lots of evidence that Sadat's grand symbolic gesture continues to ripple. What we seem not to have any more is this type of risky grand symbolic gesture that inspires political transformation by bringing out the better angels of our nature.
To me, the blockade of Palestinian territories has been inhumane and unjust. My heart aches for the suffering of the Palestinians in those territories...
Following the decree which gave him sweeping political powers in Egypt last week, President Mohamed Morsi has now declared himself Master of Space, Time, and Dimension.
For Israel, a dual message of the right to defend ourselves, with deep and profound ethical sensibilities, is what this past conflict was about.
Whatever your stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- if you believe that Israelis are in the right and Palestinians in the wrong, or vice versa -- war is just as much about the human consequences as it is about the politics.
It takes a lot for someone to take a step back, assess what they know and admit that they aren't in a position to make an informed opinion on an issue. Unfortunately, people do not take the time to do this.
Obama and Barak were already working to further the Iron Dome successor anti-missile system. But I suspect Barak's political story has not ended. Then there is the kettle of fish comprising Benghazi.
Although Obama will not be vindictive against Israel, Netanyahu's alienation of Israel's most important ally was a colossal mistake and Obama is not likely to forget his arrogance going forward.
In the Arab world today, and much of the developing world, hip hop has once again come to represent the empowerment of the disenfranchised.