The Israel Defense Forces will do their part. It is now time for the international community, led by the U.S., to do its part. The violation by Hamas of the 72-hour ceasefire agreement must serve as a reminder: Without an overseeing body mandated to prevent Hamas from rearming, we will find ourselves in a worse situation down the road.
There are things that I am against and things that I am for. I am against extremism, no matter who it is. I am against violence, no matter the excuses. And I am against a one-sided view, no matter how convincing you think it is.
To understand this you could hardly do better than watch CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer's country club invocation of former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir this week to suggest Palestinians are forcing Israel to kill their children.
Of the most underutilized educational techniques are music and song. We know that musical intelligence is one of the eight identified intelligences of Harvard researcher Howard Gardener but we may not appreciate the role that music and song can play in deepening student learning and promoting memory.
The difficulty won't disappear. We can't have it both ways: There seems to be no way to reconcile earnest opposition to the Israeli government's oppression of Palestinians and the assault on Gaza with support for the protection of Tel Aviv from Hamas rockets.
"Really?" the reporter asked. "You honestly don't hold out hope that there is a peaceful solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict?" And that's when I went off the rails with the truth as I had learned it six years before.
Only the United Nations General Assembly can mobilize world opinion. Nothing else seems likely to break the deadlock.
We have more time to organize. Everyone in the world who wants to end the blockade of Gaza should have a plan in place to put ending the blockade at the top of the international agenda so that when the ceasefire starts, we don't have to brainstorm from scratch what our response should be.
A fictitious communiqué provoked by the horrors of Gaza. From: Israel Defense Forces Special Gaza Group To: P.M. (eyes only) Date: August 1, 201...
Today my prayers are for the safety of the people of Israel but also for the Palestinian people. May our prayers help to move Hamas to recognize and accept Israel, and for Israel to then accept terms that will ensure a better future for the people of Gaza.
In parallel, the hurdles impeding a ceasefire are growing not only because of Hamas's rejection of a permanent ceasefire if not accompanied by an end to the blockade, but also because Israel is determined to continue the war on Gaza.
Israel doesn't want to fight Palestinians, much less kill them. Its citizens just want to be left in peace.
Real data as to public opinion in Gaza is scarce. Still, there are a few hints of true voices coming out from the dark.
I can't remain focused on the broader picture even though it affects my own children: I just want the physical pain that I am subjected to by these heartbreaking images to cease.
If U.S. President Barack Obama believes so strongly in the diplomatic approach, to the point that he has angered Israel -- one of America's closest allies -- by making up with Iran over the nuclear dossier, then why can't he enforce peace between Palestine and Israel?
Seeing the humanity in the other is not an act of disloyalty or an abdication of Jewish values. It is the deepest manifestation of Jewish values.