U.S. presidents have been right all along to believe that the better way of ending this deadlock is to have two free countries living side by side in lasting peace. This outcome has many virtues, including that it is democratic.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter alongside FIFpro, the global organization of professional soccer players, footballer Eric Cantona and Noam Chomsky have denounced Israel's detention of Palestinian athletes including Mahmoud Sarsak, who has been on hunger strike in Israeli prison for 86 days.
At this point, the most viable solution may be, as the former head of Israel's Navy and internal security, Ami Ayalon, says, "Instead of building trust and then agreements, we make the agreements now."
If Zionism has been based on a set of values -- any values -- that "override whatever injustices statehood has brought," then it has taken us as far as one can get from the set of values that undergird liberal democracy.
The majority of Palestinian Muslims and Christians have chosen peaceful resistance. To say that Hamas is the cause of the declining Christian population in the occupied Palestinian territories is standing the truth on its head.
On Israel's 64th birthday, I've been thinking about how to share that love of Israel with my daughters, even while I know the Israel they will come to know may seem different than when I first went 40 years ago.
Here is the Zionist movement's next goal: to take the lead in informing our People's self-expression in art and politics and business alike, so as to pioneer a path toward a more fulfilling collective life.
I am a sad nationalist who knows that fewer and fewer fellow nationals share her dream of peace, equality and justice, and therefore feels estranged in her home-land, estranged but nonetheless committed. I am, as I wrote at the outset, irrevocably a Zionist.
Can the Jewish people survive without a Jewish and democratic state in the Land of Israel? For a while, perhaps. But creative Jewish survival needs a state to strengthen Jewish identity, foster Jewish unity and offer a meaningful Jewish response to the emptiness of modern life.
Israel's founders understood that Israel cannot treat its minorities the way that Jews were treated throughout history. A world view of how the Jews can realize their national aspirations in a socially just manner is as relevant today as it was then.
Hard though it may be, I think it is better to struggle constantly between particularism and universalism -- to struggle between the demands of actual, complex situations and circumstances and the horizons or principles that let us project better ones.
Zionism's plummet as a compelling idea -- beyond, that is, the political or religious right -- isn't merely the byproduct of insidious propaganda or of the bullying of leftwing academics. The term has stumbled into something worse than obsolescence.
The Zionist movement succeeded in creating a homeland for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel more than 60 years ago. Its current challenge is to become a truly liberal democratic country of all its citizens and work toward peace with a homeland for the Palestinian people in Palestine.
Zionism obliges me to forgo the personal and public privilege of total apology or the luxury of self-hatred. It obliges me to free myself from a sense of approaching apocalypse as well as of the inevitability of utopia.