Once a taboo subject in Washington, the value of the U.S.-Israeli alliance has increasingly come under scrutiny among even leading members of the foreign policy establishment.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, whatever the hell that means. Break out the ugly sweaters. Get those antlers on the SUV. Tis the season to be jolly. Put a smile on your face. It could be worse. Christmas could be a Jewish Holiday.
Trouble comes when we expect immaterial values that good faith promotes to manifest into physical embodiment. Messianism is on the rise in the world, and it bodes serious ill.
I commend President Rivlin for this historic speech. It was a very important first step. But, as one of my Muslim partners in dialogue told me years ago, "Dialogue or talk is not enough!"
What needs to become a success is not Abbas' campaign, but a negotiated two-state solution. Only an agreement in which both sides will take full responsibility for their present and future will be able to hold in the unexpected reality of the Middle-East.
The 1.8 million Palestinians who make Gaza their home are calling for help from anyone that is willing to hear them. What they need is not only a roof to live under, but, more importantly, a horizon that can give them hope for the future.
The most notable observation I made was that the vast majority of Israelis that I spoke with wanted to find a peaceful solution. Whether they were Israeli Jews or Israeli Arabs, they wanted an end to the violence.
While seeing the world and its wide expanse of colorful cultures, ardent belief systems and timeless architecture is important, I feel that spending time in the particular places that have your heart is just as significant and worth pursuing.
One need not look far and wide to discern Netanyahu's disingenuousness and misguided policies that have only undermined Israel's future security. He uses his political skills to deceive and mislead in order to "protect himself from political defeat" while disregarding what is best for the future of the state.
On Thursday, October 30, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted an Israel-US Business Forum at its vaunted estate in the Upper East Side, filled during a long afternoon with dozens of participants across several industries between the countries.
Josh Malina, who was also in the cast of "The West Wing," is one of the few in Hollywood that is outspoken in their support for Israel.
The exhibition shows the photographs of twelve artists, each with a unique angle of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
It is easy to say that leadership is needed. But that is not going to happen, at least for the next two years. There is however one solution.
By virtue of America's superpower status in international affairs, millions of people around the world will be tracking the polls and watching the results. And three countries in particular, all of whom reside in the Middle East, will be glued to the television as the votes are counted.
The "conventional wisdom", as projected by some former U.S. officials and pro-Israel groups, is that Israelis will only make peace when they are given everything they want and feel secure. In fact, the opposite is true. It is only external pressure -- especially from the U.S. -- that historically has forced Israelis to make the right choice.
Bibi is many things, not all positive by any means. But, to demonize so accomplished a man leading a democratic state in a region teeming with radical terrorist and fundamentalist groups is much worse than merely attempting to discredit him by making all these ad hominem attacks.