Before the Israeli-Palestinian peace process resumes, it is worth hearing Hanan Ashraw, a veteran Palestinian negotiator, give her verdict on the Oslo Accords, the chimera on which the last 25 years of "process" has been based. She is equally critical of Fatah and Hamas, whom she jointly accuses of trying to "divvy up" the spoils of the PLO.
The most important element of comedy is timing -- and in Israel, comedy and timing can be friends or they can be foes. No matter how funny the election campaign videos are, we live in a serious, disastrous neighborhood, and sometimes the reality calls for seriousness.
The Israelis must deny Netanyahu another term in office because should he win, his victory will demonstrate that they are following a blind shepherd who is systematically destroying Israel's vital relations with the U.S. at a time when Israel is in dire need of America's unmitigated backing.
Today is Tu B'Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day, the "New Year for trees." This is a minor Jewish festival and of all the Jewish holidays, probably the one most people have never heard of. Its name translates as the 15th of the month of Shevat.
In the face of the fragility of life and mighty forces of hatred and fear, many will lapse into denial or despair, making decisions from a place of spiritual defeat. This is not what our tradition asks of us. We are called to fully acknowledge the reality of evil, and lovingly perpetuate life in spite of it.
We will all become closer to achieving peace - as Israelis, Palestinians or concerned members of the international community - if we refrain from intransigence and instead take all perspectives into account.
"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.
The way that Mr. Boteach has jumped on my willingness to say "I'm sorry" is political gamesmanship at its finest - and I accept that from a partisan political hatchet-man. I find it far harder to accept such behavior from someone who self-identifies primarily as a spiritual leader of the Jewish community.
What Netanyahu should ask Congress for is their support for the development of a full blown nuclear deterrence capability that relies on a modified "triad" framework similar to the one at the heart of the American system of deterrence used during the Cold War.
Japan is determined to be a force for peace and stability in the war-torn Middle East, yet until and unless its constitution is changed to permit the country to project its power in a meaningful manner militarily, its ability to influence events in other regions of the world will remain limited.
The Road to Iraq is a work of tremendous intellectual diligence and moral seriousness.
Israel 2015 is home to more than 5,000 startup companies encompassing a vast variety of fields: web, advertising, mobile applications, biomed, software, etc. to name just a few. In fact, wherever you look you will likely find, even if you should turn to relatively smaller niche fields, at least one startup, often more.
President Barack Obama made some progress on his agenda in his passage to India. But events in the Middle East and Washington demonstrated again how hamstrung his administration continues to be.
As the world continues to move forward, discrimination and racism unfortunately have not disappeared from the face of the earth; on the contrary, they exist and even rule some parts of our world.
Since any military retaliation from Hezbollah, leading to a wider conflict with Israel, will pull Iran in as well, Iranian leaders are more likely to caution Hezbollah about using any tactics or strategy that might bring about a war.
The country that brought to the world modern democracy has shown the refreshing meaning of giving people the right to say who rules them. Let us hope that our region will benefit politically from the new elections and also absorb the liberating power of democracy.