With or without intention, Israel has incited millions across the Arab world to praise Syria and Iran, both dedicated to the Palestinian cause, and perhaps just as many to condemn Egypt and more moderate countries.
Based on numerous reports from various parties, my conclusion is that the IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara was a tactical failure of the first order. The obvious question is "okay, so what would you have done?" Here's my answer.
What matters today, at least in any conversation which claims to be driven by spiritual or religious sensibilities, is the sadness at the loss of life and continued suffering on both sides of this conflict.
The recent robbery of some $270,000 from a Gaza humanitarian organization is just the latest case of Hamas interfering with area NGOs. Such bullying acts make it a lot harder to get aid to those most in need.
The UN claims there is a siege on Gaza when it has given $200 million to the strip in the past year -- $190 million more than it has given to Haiti after the natural disaster there claimed the lives of an estimated 230,000.
At the start of the Gaza war I was on my way walking in the street. I heard the first rocket, the second and the third, at this moment I could see nothing, all I remember was the biggest explosion I have ever seen.
Palestinians are going to require a regional approach. The Arab world needs to play a much larger role than it has, primarily as an import market and as a positive influence on the overall regional business environment.
A coalition of activists has asked Hawaiian Governor Linda Lingle to withdraw her invitation to former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to speak at Hawaii's International Women's Leadership Conference.