It wasn't enough that Froman was longtime friends with Yasser Arafat. His most notorious outreach activities to Palestinians were with several leaders of Israel's most hated enemy, Hamas.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders have fallen victim to their own uncompromising public narratives. To facilitate the terms of an agreement, they need powerful and relentless pressure to provide them with political cover, which only the U.S. can exert.
If Abbas and his party do not govern the West Bank, Hamas will fill the power vacuum. This should sound familiar, and no less haunting.
One way forward is to look again at what President Obama said in his recent speech in Jerusalem where he committed to support Israel while challenging Israelis to recognize and deal with Palestinian need for justice.
Marla Mase's self-portrait on the front cover of her new album Speak Deluxe actually does speak volumes about what she sings. The animalized photograph of her face verifies that Marla is peeved-off about something, or maybe everything.
Reports of the Hamas police grabbing young men from the streets of Gaza to give them a haircut have been making the rounds. It appears that most people in Gaza are critical of both the police tactics and the fashion choices made by those young men.
It is clear that if the Israelis and the Palestinians hold fast to their positions, it will be nearly impossible to allay distrust, leading to a continuing deadlock because distrust cannot be negotiated by simply agreeing to establish a new trusting relationship.
. Nonetheless, as the Syrian crisis continues to threaten the security of all the Levantine states and the Iranian issue continues its slow boil, greater cooperation should be expected between the two. The rapprochement is real; the question is, does it matter?
Why are feminists so angry and hostile to Israel that they cannot rationally bring themselves to criticize Palestinian men who mistreat women? Don't Palestinian women deserve concern and empathy?
The student senate at UC Riverside voted on March 6 to divest from companies doing business in Israel.
Obama's visit to the West Bank took him into the center of the Palestinian tragedy where outrage over Israel's military occupation and civilian settlements has been punctuated by bursts of terrorist violence, quiet oppression, and demoralizing acquiescence.
The president, in my view, was neither unduly raising expectations nor was he trying to undermine the Netanyahu government. What he was doing was appealing to the best instincts of the Israeli people.
President Obama's upcoming trip to Israel prompts us to note the death from cancer last week of a fascinating and prophetic religious figure in the West Bank -- Chief Rabbi Menachem Froman of the Takoa settlement, a few miles from the Dead Sea.
The United States has the power, responsibility, and certainly the strategic interests to put an end to this self-consuming conflict in a region where the stakes for all concerned cannot be overestimated.
As soon as these rockets are fired from crowded civilian areas, the terrorist scurry into below-ground shelters, leaving babies, women and other civilians in the path of Israeli rockets that target the rocket launchers.
The most puzzling aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be that after 65 years of violence, enmity and suffering, it remains unresolved when coexistence is inevitable and a two-state solution remains the only viable option.