If last year's brutal fighting is any indication - and there is every reason to believe that it is - a full-on drive to prevent the looming Israel-Hamas confrontation should be a top tier priority for President Obama.
I put off reading the Goldstone report the same way I put off scheduling a colonoscopy. I now realize it was for many of the same reasons. You know it's going to be tremendously uncomfortable, you don't want to know what they're going to find, and the consequences could be life-threatening.
On October 1, the Obama administration successfully pressured the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to drop its proposal to recommend that the UN Security Council endorse the findings of the Goldstone Commission report.
Personal attacks on Justice Richard Goldstone and his colleagues are a distraction from a proper analysis of their report's contents and from the clear need to build upon and act on its recommendations.
Palestinians from all wakes of life have been stunned and disappointed by Abbas, who withdrew support for a vote in the U.N. Human Rights Council to have the Goldstone report sent to the General Assembly.
My old friend Tom Perriello, I am afraid, has become like so many of his colleagues, a mere tool of a hard-right AIPAC agenda that has no business dictating American policy, as it did with the Goldstone resolution.
J Street must decide what it wants to be -- a wide tent that allows all Jewish opinions on Israel or an orthodoxy that pushes only conventional platitudes -- but the Palestinians don't have time to wait.
We stand for the values of democracy, truth and justice. There is no reason for Congress, Israel or any other party to fear an honest judge like Richard Goldstone -- his report should be studied, not dismissed.